Cathay Pacific upgrades Sydney service

4 Aug 2014 by Clement Huang

Cathay Pacific will increase capacity on its popular Hong Kong–Sydney route by replacing one of its four daily Airbus A330 flights with the larger Boeing 777-300ER this December.

The aircraft replacement is not a surprise given that the airline is unable to increase the frequency of its flights to Australia any further, having already reached the government-imposed cap of 70 weekly flights to the country. And with Virgin Atlantic having ceased its Sydney route in May (see story), there may be business up for grabs.

According to, CX flights 138 and 139 will be operated by the B777-300ER from December 3 onwards. Like the existing A330, the B777 will feature the same three-class configuration with economy, premium economy and business class.

Business class

Business class on the B777 will only see a single seat increase over the A330, while the premium economy and economy cabins will see a bump of four and 93 seats respectively.

Flight times will remain unchanged. CX139 departs from Hong Kong at 0850 and arrives in Sydney at 2100. Meanwhile, the return flight sees CX138 leave the Australian city at 2200 and touch back down in Hong Kong at 0500 the following day.

The other Australian destinations that CX serves include Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne and Perth.

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Clement Huang

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