Cathay Pacific will fly its flagship Airbus A350 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to Melbourne from next year, replacing many of the Oneworld alliance carrier’s current Airbus A330 flights.
Come February 1 2017, the A350 takes wing on flight CX104 from Melbourne to Hong Kong – the 2:20pm departure which arrives at 9:50pm – and CX105 on the return, pushing back just after midnight at 12:05am for a 12:20pm touchdown in the Victorian capital.
The A350 brings with it Cathay Pacific’s latest business class beds with more space around the seat to stretch out and sleep…
… along with improved storage zones, a redesigned shell and a larger and clearer inflight entertainment screen.
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In premium economy, every passenger now gets a padded leg rest – not just those in the front row…
… plus two inches of extra legroom compared to some of the airline’s other aircraft, and nifty new features like a ‘tablet tray’ for those who prefer to watch their own entertainment en route:
There's also inflight Internet access – the first Cathay Pacific flight in Australian skies to offer this new service – sold at US$9.95 (A$13) for one hour of browsing or US$19.95 (A$26) for the entire flight, with no data download limits.
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“We’ve been flying into Melbourne for 40 years and in that time we’ve grown to 21 flights a week,” said Cathay Pacific GM Southwest Pacific Nelson Chin.
“It is really exciting to be introducing the Airbus A350 into Melbourne. I know people are going to love the quieter, more comfortable inflight experience with larger windows, new seats and a spacious aesthetically-pleasing cabin with LED mood lighting,” Chin continued.
From March 1 2017, the Boeing 777-300ER brings a more familiar feel to the airline’s overnight CX178 flights from Melbourne and the daytime CX163 service out of Hong Kong, with business class and premium economy seats that near-mirror the outgoing A330s.
Like the Boeing 777s Cathay flies to Sydney, those winging their way to Melbourne come sans first class: instead topping out at business class.
Cathay Pacific flights CX134 from Melbourne and CX135 from Hong Kong will continue to be served by the current Airbus A330 aircraft.
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