Cathay Pacific’s inaugural Tel Aviv flight arrived at Ben Gurion Airport yesterday morning (March 26), marking the Hong Kong carrier’s newest addition to its international network. The debut CX675 departed Hong Kong at 0100 and arrived in the Israeli city at 0753 local time.

The new route was originally planned to operate as a four-times-weekly service when it was announced last October. However, due to strong demand from advance bookings, the carrier will be adding a fifth weekly flight from September 1 to November 17, 2017.

“We have been highly encouraged by the overwhelming reception that our new Tel Aviv service has received,” said Paul Loo, director of corporate development and IT. “Increasing the frequency of our operations to five times a week will provide greater convenience to business and leisure customers travelling between these two great cities – and give passengers from Israel easier access to destinations in Southwest Pacific and across Asia through our hub in Hong Kong.”

The service is Cathay Pacific’s latest route to be served by its Airbus A350, which it configures in a 38 business (1-2-1), 28 premium economy (2-4-2) and 214 economy class (3-3-3) layout.

Cathay Pacific currently has 12 A350s in its fleet, with a further ten expected to be received by the end of this year. The airline deployed its first A350 on its Hong Kong-Auckland route back in October last year.