Australia got its first A350-1000 service with Cathay Pacific upgauging the aircraft on one of its Melbourne and Perth services during the northern winter period.

Cathay Pacific is now operating thrice-daily services between Hong Kong and Melbourne during the northern winter period that lasts from October 27 this year to March 28, 2020.

The Hong Kong-based carrier is using different aircraft on each flight, including A350-900, A350-1000 and Boeing 777-300ER.

The outbound flight served by an A350-1000 is a red-eye scheduled to depart from Hong Kong at 0005 and arrive at Melbourne at 1210, while the return leg operated by the same A350-1000 aircraft is set to leave Melbourne at 1535 before touching down at Hong Kong International Airport at 2145.

Below is the schedule for Cathay Pacific’s thrice-daily Hong Kong-Melbourne service during the northern winter period:

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Aircraft Days
CX105 Hong Kong (HKG) Melbourne (MEL) 0005 1210 A350-1000 Daily
CX163 1045 2255 B777-300ER
CX135 1905 0720 (+1) A350-900
CX178 Melbourne (MEL) Hong Kong (HKG) 0105 0700 B777-300ER Daily
CX134 0850 1505 A350-900
CX104 1535 2145 A350-1000

Also from October 27, the airline began flying its A350-1000 on its daily Hong Kong-Perth service. The Perth-bound flight leaves Hong Kong at 1505 in the afternoon and lands at Perth Airport at 2250, and the return flight is scheduled to depart from Perth just after midnight at 0010 and arrive in Hong Kong at 0745 in the early morning.

In addition, the airline also operates a second service on this route three days a week using an A330-300.

Below is the schedule for Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong-Perth service during the northern winter period:

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Aircraft Days
CX171 Hong Kong (HKG) Perth (PER) 1505 2250 A350-1000 Daily
CX143 2120 0500 (+1) A330-300 Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
CX170 Perth (PER) Hong Kong (HKG) 0010 0745 A350-1000 Daily
CX144 0620 1435 A330-300 Monday, Thursday, Saturday

Simple Flying reports that the airline is also planning to use its A350-1000 aircraft for on its Hong Kong-Adelaide route in March 2020.

The Hong Kong flag carrier received its first A350-1000 in June 2018, making it the second airline to take delivery of this aircraft. It was also Hong Kong’s first A350-1000 aircraft.

Cathay’s A350-1000 aircraft is configured with three classes, and features 46 flat-bed business class seats in a 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration, 32 premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration and 256 economy class seats in a 3-3-3 configuration.

Business Traveller Asia-Pacific has reviewed the airline’s premium economy and economy class on its A350-1000:

In other news, passengers travelling with Cathay Pacific to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney can try out the airline’s latest version of its own craft beer Betsy Beer.