Cathay Pacific will begin flying its flagship Airbus A350-1000 to Melbourne and Perth from October 2019 as the airline continues a rolling update to its Australian fleet.
The advanced A350-1000 will appear daily as flight CX104 from Melbourne to Hong Kong from 27 October 2019, and as CX170 on the Perth-Hong Kong route commencing 28 October 2019.
The smaller Airbus A350-900 is also bound for Sydney as CX110/CX111 from 27 October 2019.
"We are prouder than ever to be the first airline to introduce the A350-1000 to Australia," observed Rakesh Raicar, Cathay Pacific's Regional General Manager for South West Pacific. "The new aircraft offers a more spacious and quiet cabin, which will further enhance our customers’ travel experience and wellbeing”.
PREVIOUS | Cathay Pacific could begin flying its flagship Airbus A350-1000 to Melbourne or Perth in the middle of this year as the airline continues to update its Australian fleet.
While most of Cathay's Australian services rely on Airbus A330 or Boeing 777 jets, the airline has been steadily bringing its Airbus A350-900 aircraft – which boasts the latest business class and premium economy seating, along with inflight WiFi – onto key routes such as Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
Sydney is next on that list, with an A350-900 slated to take over the daily CX110/CX111 flights from October 2019 as the airline continues to shift the older Airbus A330s out of Australian skies.
However, a spokeswoman for Cathay Pacific has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that "in terms of our A350-1000s, we are currently reviewing deployment opportunities on our Melbourne and Perth routes from winter 2019."
Cathay's A350 business class is an evolution of those on A330s and Boeing 777s, with the airline planning a further business class upgrade for its Boeing 777X fleet due to take wing in 2021.
In related news, Cathay Pacific expects to launch its revised business class dining service on flights from Sydney in May, with Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne and Perth to follow in June.
Meals will be individually plated and delivered to passengers by hand rather than by trolley, as the airline adopts more personalised and upmarket approach, with an expanded menu for lunch and dinner plus a breakfast menu card.