Cathay Pacific aims to bring its new Airbus A350-1000 jet to Sydney in the second half of 2018 to keep pace with continued growth on the Sydney-Hong Kong route.
The advanced jet – which Cathay will begin flying from April – will replace the smaller Airbus A330 on the daily CX110/CX111 flight.
"We're keen to see how we can grow (that flight) so we are planning for an A350-1000 in 2018," Cathay Pacific's General Manager for the South West Pacific region, Rakesh Raicar, tells Australian Business Traveller.
The Oneworld member has already upgraded its other three daily flights between Sydney and Hong Kong to Boeing 777-300ERs, which carry 340 passengers compared to 334 for the Airbus A350-1000.
Raicar says a rolling upgrade to Cathay's Australian network will see all of the Airbus A330s replaced by the larger jets within the next three years.
"The plan is to progressively upgrade all A330s in Australia to either an A350-900, an A350-1000 or a Boeing 777-300ER by 2020."
However, that network is unlikely include Canberra, with Raicar scotching rumours that Cathay will join Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways in launching flights to the Australian capital.
"Cathay looks at market demand and market potential on a regular basis, we always explore opportunities where we can expand out network, but Canberra is not in the planning stage at all."
First class is also not on the cards for Sydney or Melbourne's Boeing 777-300ER jets.
While Raicar allows that "there is a first class demand, " he says "the current three-class configuration (in Sydney and Melbourne) is a better configuration for this market and is giving us a good return."