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Cathay Pacific looks set to switch Australia to an 'all Airbus A350' market this year, swapping out its older Airbus A330s and larger Boeing 777s for the modern fuel-efficient A350.
The move will see all passengers jetting between Australia and Hong Kong on the Oneworld airline enjoying the airline’s latest seats and service on every flight by November 2021.
Brisbane and Perth are already served exclusively by Cathay’s A350 jets, while Sydney is set to make the switch from October 31 2021, with Melbourne-Hong Kong flights planned as ‘all A350’ from November.
The airline’s latest schedules show the currently-paused Adelaide-Hong Kong route returning from April 1 – although like so much else these days, that's subject to change.
Adelaide will initially be served by the previous-generation Airbus A330 before changing to the Airbus A350 from November 3.
Journeys back to Australia are also difficult and expensive, with strict limits on passenger numbers arriving into the country, followed by two weeks of mandatory quarantine at their own expense.
However, most travellers are expected to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations from the middle of the year, with Health Minister Greg Hunt now saying that Australia is set to be 'fully vaccinated' against COVID-19 by October.
Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 experience
Cathay Pacific’s A350s deliver the airline’s best experience, and are a noticeable step up from the Airbus A330s and Boeing 777 jets in everything from business class and premium economy seating to the spacious and quiet cabin.
With seats refined by Studio F.A. Porsche, business class sees a modernised version of Cathay’s longstanding ‘Cirrus’ business class seat, retaining the key promise of a fully-flat bed and direct aisle for every passenger.
Premium economy passengers will also find leg rests at every seat on these modern birds – a feature found only in selected rows on the planes the A350 will replace.
Although further changes could still ripple through the schedule, Cathay Pacific’s A350 plans are now reflected on the airline’s website and in other industry booking systems:
Cathay Pacific has been approached for comment, but had not replied by the time this article was published.