Cathay Pacific brings second Airbus A350 to Sydney

Half of Cathay Pacific's four-daily Sydney-Hong Kong services will soon offer the latest seats, inflight WiFi and a better ride.

By Brandon Loo, January 10 2020

Cathay Pacific is upgrading another of its four daily services between Sydney and Hong Kong to the newer Airbus A350. From 29 March 2020, flights CX100 (3:45pm from Sydney) and CX101 (11:55pm from Hong Kong) will be upgraded from a Boeing 777-300ER to to the modern Airbus A350-900.

This is the second Airbus A350 for the Sydney-Hong Kong route – CX110/CX111 moved to an A350 in October 2019 – and follows Cathay's steady rollout of the A350-900 and larger A350-1000 to other Australian cities including Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

While the Sydney swap means up to 60 fewer seats per flight – likely a result of lower demand to Hong Kong – passengers on the A350 will enjoy the newest seats, inflight Internet and a more comfortable ride thanks to the jet's higher cabin pressure and resulting lower cabin altitude, along with higher humidity levels.

If you're headed to Hong Kong and are keen to experience Cathay Pacific's A350, here are the flight to look for.

Note: these schedules and timings may change without notice.. Graphic: Executive Traveller
Note: these schedules and timings may change without notice.
Graphic: Executive Traveller

Flying on Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350

Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 business class is similar to that of the Boeing 777, but sports several improvements in areas such as personal space.

ET review: Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 business class

Premium economy passengers also enjoy a newer and more functional seat with swing-out leg rests and a sharper in-flight entertainment screen.

Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 has the carrier's latest premium economy seats.. Photo: Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 has the carrier's latest premium economy seats.
Photo: Cathay Pacific

ET review: Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 premium economy

Regardless of travel class, the inclusion of inflight Internet on all Cathay Pacific Airbus A350s will prove useful for business travellers, especially on the outbound CX100 from Sydney to Hong Kong – as a 3:45pm departure, much of the working afternoon is wasted going through the airport.

Inflight WiFi on the Airbus A350s will be a great asset to business travellers.. Photo: Cathay Pacific
Inflight WiFi on the Airbus A350s will be a great asset to business travellers.
Photo: Cathay Pacific

But with sky-high WiFi, you could turn that around and be productive for a few more hours, before finally relaxing for the rest of the evening and getting to Hong Kong before midnight.

Pricing for Cathay Pacific WiFi starts at US$10 for one hour and US$13 for up to six hours, although the US$20 flight pass covering your entire journey is best value. You can also switch your connection between devices, such as signing up on your laptop and later moving to a smartphone for the likes of WeChat or WhatsApp.

Read more: Your complete guide to Cathay Pacific inflight WiFi

Brandon Loo

Brandon divides his time between Perth and Launceston, with ample hours spent in airport lounges in between. He recently picked up photography and tries to capture the beauty of Tasmanian landscapes, aeroplane cabins and in-flight food, to varying degrees of success.

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 586

I wonder if the upgrade if more a reflection that volumes through HKG have declined and the 77W is too much plane given current demand levels.

10 Jul 2018

Total posts 90

Yes, I believe that as well and it's briefly mentioned up the top.

19 Jul 2017

Total posts 6

Typo on your other nice schedule diagram, CX162 10.55pm should be 10.55am?

12 Feb 2013

Total posts 24

According to the timetable (as of today's date on their website), CX100 is scheduled to be an A350-900 from 2 February 2020 (CX101 from 1 February 2020) till 24 October 2020 after which it will switch back to a B777-300ER.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Dec 2012

Total posts 105

CX is retiring some leased 777.


03 May 2013

Total posts 402

After the A380 the A350 is the only other aircraft you want to be flying in long haul. Great move CX. Bring on 4/4!

Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club

02 Jul 2018

Total posts 37

As a red-eye frequent flyer, I'd rather to have CX138/9 being A350.

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