The launch of Cathay Pacific’s upcoming non-stop service to Seattle may still be a few months away, but already the Hong Kong carrier has decided to boost flights on the route from four per week to once per day starting July 1 next year citing strong demand on the only direct link between the two cities.
The new route was announced back in July about a month after Delta, which previously operated the two cities’ only non-stop connection, confirmed it would axe the service from October this year. Cathay’s service is set to take off on March 31, 2019.
For the first three months of operation the service will operate just four days per week; flights from Hong Kong will depart only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with return services from Seattle taking off on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Daily flights will become available from July 1 onwards.
|CX858||Hong Kong (HKG)||Seattle (SEA)||2355||2100||Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun (Daily from Jul 1)|
|CX857||Seattle (SEA)||Hong Kong (HKG)||100||0510+1||Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun (Daily from Jul 1)|
Cathay Pacific will be flying its Airbus A350-900 on the route, which features a three-class set up with 38 seats in business, 28 in premium economy and 214 in economy.
Earlier this year, Cathay also took delivery of its first of the A350’s newest and largest iterations, the A350-1000, which debuted on its newly launched non-stop flights to Washington DC back in September. These flights are the longest in its network.
Business Traveller was on the delivery flight for Cathay’s first A350-1000 back in June and took an in-depth look at the new aircraft.
Seattle will be Cathay’s eight destination in the US, joining its existing services to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York (JFK and Newark), San Francisco and Washington DC.