Check Out Cathay Pacific’s First A350-1000
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Cathay Pacific has unveiled the livery on its newest aircraft, the A350-1000. After Qatar took delivery of the first commercial A350-1000 two weeks ago, Cathay will become the second airline to own Airbus’ long-haul aircraft when its handed over to the Hong Kong-based carrier in April.
Cathay has ordered 20 A350-1000s and is expected to take delivery of them through 2018 and beyond. It currently flies 22 A350-900s, the smaller version of the aircraft and has six more on order.
The -1000 rolled out of Toulouse, France with Cathay’s classic colors. The pictures from Airbus might seem a bit odd — that’s because the aircraft is currently without engines. The -1000 will receive the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, which were specifically designed for the A350.
Cathay announced the inaugural long-haul flight for the -1000 will be from Hong Kong (HKG) to Washington Dulles (IAD) — coming in at 8,153 miles, it will be the carrier’s longest flight.
Cathay configured the -1000 to seat 46 passengers in business in a 1-2-1 configuration, 32 premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration and 256 in economy in a 3-3-3 layout. The aircraft will seat a total of 334 passengers, a 54-person jump from the 280 that the -900 can seat.
If the -1000 is anything like the -900, then flyers will surely enjoy their experience, especially if they’re sitting in business. TPG‘s Zach Honig recently flew on the -900 from Newark (EWR) to Hong Kong (HKG), calling it “one of the best ways to get to Asia in business class.”
Featured image by Airbus.
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