Travellers flying with Cathay Pacific between Hong Kong and Sydney will see an aircraft upgrade next year when the airline begins flying one of its newer aircraft, the Airbus A350-900, on one of its four daily flights on the route.
The change of aircraft unfortunately doesn’t look as though it will be taking effect until the northern winter season next year, with A350 flights only scheduled to begin from October 27, 2019 onwards, according to the airline’s online schedule.
Of Cathay’s four daily services to and from Sydney, it will be its CX111/CX110 flights that will see the A350.
That being said, having the option of the A350 is a definite plus, especially when compared to the A330-300 aircraft it will be replacing.
The A350 features Cathay Pacific’s latest fully flat seat product in business class, which are laid out in a 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration that provides direct aisle access to all passengers. The cabin is separated into two blocks comprising 30 and eight seats for a total of 38.
The seats notably provide more storage space than their counterparts on Cathay’s Boeing 777s and A330s, along with greater pitch – 45 inches.
The premium economy cabin, meanwhile, is laid out in a 2-4-2 configuration…
…while economy is laid out nine-across.
February next year will also see the Australian debut of Cathay’s new business class dining concept on its Sydney route. Flights to Cairns, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth will be getting the service in May.
The planned upgauge to the A350 to Sydney also comes as Cathay recently added of a sixth weekly service to its Adelaide route at the end of last month.