Tel Aviv is set to be the second long-haul destination to see Cathay Pacific’s newest aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000, when the Hong Kong carrier temporarily deploys the aircraft on flights to the Israeli city this October.
Starting October 3, the A350-1000 will fly the 11-hour-55-minute route on all days except Tuesday, replacing the aircraft’s smaller variant, the A350-900. Unfortunately for regular passengers on this route, the new aircraft is only due to fly to Tel Aviv until October 27, when the A350-900 will once again take over.
This will, however, give travellers eager to try out Cathay Pacific’s newest aircraft a temporary alternative to the airline’s upcoming Washington DC route, which is set to take off on September 15 this year as the A350-1000’s first permanent international long-haul service.
Cathay Pacific is expected to take delivery of its first A350-1000 this spring, out of a total order of 20 aircraft.
The A350-1000 notably has a higher overall seating capacity, with Cathay Pacific outfitting it with 334 seats in total compared with the A350-900’s 280. This translates as 46 in business class, 32 in premium economy and 256 in economy – an increase across all three classes.
Another notable difference with the newer aircraft is that all 46 business class seats are in a single cabin at the front of the plane, as opposed to the A350-900, which has eight seats in a second cabin in front of the premium economy seats. Both aircraft have the same seat product in the same layout – a 1-2-1 herringbone configuration.
Business Traveller has previously reviewed Cathay Pacific’s A350-900 business class on its London Gatwick service.
As previously reported by Business Traveller, Cathay Pacific also will be expanding frequency on its Tel Aviv route to six weekly flights starting March 25, with this going up to a daily service in October and November.