Cathay Pacific brings Airbus A350 onto Sydney-Hong Kong route

By David Flynn, November 12 2018
Cathay Pacific brings Airbus A350 onto Sydney-Hong Kong route

Cathay Pacific will fly its flagship Airbus A350 to Sydney from October 2019 as the airline slowly shifts the older Airbus A330s out of Australia.

From Oct 27 2019, the overnight CX111 flight from Hong Kong to Sydney and the CX110 Sydney-Hong Kong return leg will step up to an A350-900.

The A350 brings with it Cathay Pacific’s latest business class beds (an update to the current A330 and Boeing 777 design) with the 38 seats offering with more space to stretch out and sleep…

… along with more personal storage, a redesigned shell and a larger and sharper inflight entertainment screen.

AusBT review: Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 business class

Each of the 28 premium economy seats sports a padded leg rest...

… plus two inches of extra legroom compared to some of the airline’s other aircraft, and thoughtful touches such as this ‘tablet tray’ for those who prefer to watch their own entertainment en route.

Read: Up close with Cathay Pacific's A350 premium economy seat

There's also inflight Internet access, yours for US$10 (A$13) for one hour of browsing or US$20 (A$26) for the entire flight, with no data download limits.

AusBT review: Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 inflight Internet

This is Cathay Pacific's first Sydney-bound Airbus A350, although Cathay already flies the A350 to Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

However, in an unexpected schedule shuffle, October 27 2019 will also see the daily CX161/CX162 service downgraded from a Boeing 777-300ER to an Airbus A330.

Also read: Five things we love about Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 May 2017

Total posts 13

With a couple of CX flights to London coming up over the next two months you got me a bit excited there David. Having flown their A350 from AKL I must say their J seats are a step above the 777/330 offering, which were already a step above most other offerings bar QR

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

14 Apr 2013

Total posts 326

Wonder why they didn't roster the -1000 on the Sydney Route?


16 Nov 2011

Total posts 595

Presume they don’t need the capacity. Or the limited amount of -1000 they have are for now better utilised somewhere else.

Product wise no difference.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Feb 2015

Total posts 123

Only 28 J seats!

01 Jun 2017

Total posts 2

38 J or 46 J seats

12 Feb 2013

Total posts 47

Apparently as part of the changes, CX161/162 get switched from the B777 to the A330.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

31 Jan 2013

Total posts 14

Let's hope so, for those down the back 3-4-3 seating on the refitted 777-300s in going to be torture.

12 Nov 2018

Total posts 1

Do they supply free PJs. If not it's no deal! :)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Oct 2011

Total posts 462

Not in Business, no.

Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club

02 Jul 2018

Total posts 38

Not in their "fake" first class too. Sometime they offer 4-class flight which upgrades highest frequently flyers to those six seats, but treated as J guests.

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

14 Apr 2013

Total posts 326

38 J Seats

28 Premium Y
214 Y

Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club

02 Jul 2018

Total posts 38

Finally they plan to have A350 on their Australia trump flight 111.

18 Nov 2015

Total posts 118

It's a great plane, I've flown it London to Hong Kong return in business class. Very spacious and quiet. The only thing that let it down was the catering in business class. It was premium economy at best.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Apr 2016

Total posts 58

Interesting that the economy seats don’t make the 5 things we love about their new A350s. The economy seats are designed for weight saving and are horrific on the back. Like leaning against a stone wall. Only flew between Singapore and Hong Kong and would pity anyone doing Long haul. Good luck!

23 Feb 2018

Total posts 3

Hi, is there any update about this? Cx110 in June 2020 is still showing as a330, based on my reservation. I really prefer the a350 seat. Please help anyone with information/insight. B

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