Cathay Pacific to fly Airbus A350-1000 to Melbourne, Perth

Cathay Pacific to fly Airbus A350-1000 to Melbourne, Perth

Cathay Pacific will begin flying its flagship Airbus A350-1000 to Melbourne and Perth from October 2019 as the airline continues a rolling update to its Australian fleet.

The advanced A350-1000 will appear daily as flight CX104 from Melbourne to Hong Kong from 27 October 2019, and as CX170 on the Perth-Hong Kong route commencing 28 October 2019.

Read: how to choose the best business class seats on Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350-1000

The smaller Airbus A350-900 is also bound for Sydney as CX110/CX111 from 27 October 2019.

"We are prouder than ever to be the first airline to introduce the A350-1000 to Australia," observed Rakesh Raicar, Cathay Pacific's Regional General Manager for South West Pacific. "The new aircraft offers a more spacious and quiet cabin, which will further enhance our customers’ travel experience and wellbeing”.

In addition to sporting Cathay Pacific's latest business class and premium economy seats, the A350s also feature inflight WiFi and boast a quieter cabin than older aircraft.

Read more: Five things we love about Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350

PREVIOUS | Cathay Pacific could begin flying its flagship Airbus A350-1000 to Melbourne or Perth in the middle of this year as the airline continues to update its Australian fleet.

While most of Cathay's Australian services rely on Airbus A330 or Boeing 777 jets, the airline has been steadily bringing its Airbus A350-900 aircraft – which boasts the latest business class and premium economy seating, along with inflight WiFi – onto key routes such as Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Sydney is next on that list, with an A350-900 slated to take over the daily CX110/CX111 flights from October 2019 as the airline continues to shift the older Airbus A330s out of Australian skies.

Cathay Pacific is steadily increasing Airbus A350 services to Australia

However, a spokeswoman for Cathay Pacific has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that "in terms of our A350-1000s, we are currently reviewing deployment opportunities on our Melbourne and Perth routes from winter 2019." 

Cathay's A350 business class is an evolution of those on A330s and Boeing 777s, with the airline planning a further business class upgrade for its Boeing 777X fleet due to take wing in 2021.

Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 business class

Read more: What's next for Cathay Pacific first class, business class?

In related news, Cathay Pacific expects to launch its revised business class dining service on flights from Sydney in May, with Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne and Perth to follow in June.

Cathay's revised business class dining experience will land here in May/June 2019

Meals will be individually plated and delivered to passengers by hand rather than by trolley, as the airline adopts more personalised and upmarket approach, with an expanded menu for lunch and dinner plus a breakfast menu card.

Menu cards will streamline the inflight breakfast service

Read more: What you can expect from Cathay's new business class dining concept

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

25 comments

  • Rod Harmer

    Rod H

    15 Jan, 2019 07:26 am

    The A350-900 is one of the most comfortable aeroplanes I have ever flown on , the A380 is a bit better.

    I reckon the A350-1000 will be just a wonderful so if this happens then Melbounites are the big winners.

    In my opinion there's absolutely no doubt that the latest Airbus family beats the Boeing family hands down for quietness and comfort , beautiful aeroplanes.to be a passenger in and I have been a passenger in all Boeing types over the years so I can compare with a degree of experience.

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  • Mark

    Mightyreds

    15 Jan, 2019 10:03 am

    I would have to agree with you Rod. Having flown on the A350 and B787 a number of times now, in my humble opinion the Airbus is superior. As you pointed out, the A380 is still the leader for passenger comfort.
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  • PERflyer

    PERflyer

    15 Jan, 2019 10:10 am

    I don’t care for Boeing vs Airbus loyalty I believe both have class leaders and beat the other in different categories. In the 787 v 350 battle I would have to agree the A350 is superior to the 787. For me as a passenger it is quieter, wider (anyone who has flown 3-3-3 in 787 economy will appreciate the slightly wider A350 and it us noticeable), I also prefer traditional full block out window shades on the 350 to the 787 electric tint windows. These things don’t block the sun out fully and the worst thing is crew on some airline controls them and will go full block out mode for the whole plane for the whole flight.
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  • Stuart Jackson

    Stuart Jackson

    15 Jan, 2019 08:08 am

    The 350k is a fantastic addition to the Airbus family a very comfortable space in cathay’s businesses class.
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  • AsiaBizTraveller

    AsiaBizTraveller

    15 Jan, 2019 08:18 am

    This is a very positive sign for Cathay, Melbourne already has three flights a day and if there's sufficient demand for the larger A350-1000 despite Virgin's MEL-HKG service then I guess travellers really are voting with their feet and bums and wallets! I agree that the A350 is a stunning aircraft from a passenger perspective, it's very spacious and quiet.
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  • autvlr

    autvlr

    15 Jan, 2019 09:19 am

    Cathay’s A350s are in a terrible state of disrepair. Even the frames that are supposedly fixed still have issues.
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  • David Bourke

    Celestarsyd

    15 Jan, 2019 11:41 am

    Absolutely agree. I fly Cathay regionally 1-2 times a month, often on A350s. The seat covers in Prem & Econ are often frayed or worn, business seat frames and panels are scratched / marked, and many of the bathrooms have ill-fitting doors, panels taped up. All the more surprising as most of the planes are less than 18 months old. Some pics attached from an A350 flight from MEL to HKG 2 weeks ago.
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  • Traveller14

    Traveller14

    8 May, 2019 12:49 pm

    Why does this occur on CX planes when it's not reported as a problem on other airlines? Lack of basic cleaning and maintenance?
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  • GregXL

    GregXL

    15 Jan, 2019 09:51 am

    I would prefer CX to add frequency rather than larger aircraft to Perth. If I am flying Y then I look for day time flights, which CX have on only 3 days a week at best. My next Japan trip is on SQ, selected over CX for price and the day time flights, foregoing OW benefits as QFF LG.
    I know CX has a flight quota, which is pointless for Perth when no other carrier has offfered direct services for some years. I am hoping than the A35k would not be used to reduce frequency.
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  • PERflyer

    PERflyer

    15 Jan, 2019 10:04 am

    They are maxed out for frequency to the big four (PER, BNE, SYD & MEL) they can add no more frequency to these four ports therefore going to bigger ac is the only option at this time. Due to long standing gov agreement politics (think of CX getting HK gov to refuse Jetstar HK etc)

    The Cathay 359’s are brilliant to fly on in all classes to Perth at the moment so the 350-1000 would be just as good. Some initial cabin fitout quality from the Zodiac business class seats but most of these issues have been rectified and their A350-1000’s have had no such reports of these issues.


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  • autvlr

    autvlr

    15 Jan, 2019 10:18 am

    Don’t assume the issues are fixed even on the A350-1000


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  • autvlr

    autvlr

    15 Jan, 2019 10:21 am

    Edit - it seems I can’t post links but there are many reports on Flyertalk that even the A350-1000s still have fit and finish problems including window shades that don’t close. I have experienced CX A350 fit our problems personally as recently as 2 weeks ago.
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  • Traveller14

    Traveller14

    21 Jan, 2019 07:14 am

    How does an airline fix these? A ferry flight to the manufacturer takes the aircraft out of service for a long time. Will CX fix when a C check occurs?
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  • maabbot

    maabbot

    2 May, 2019 11:00 am

    Why Perth has to compete with three east coast cities for slots is beyond me...it’s the most isolated capital city in the world and needs direct services that are invariably economic, but may not be as profitable as other east coast services. It’s a nonsense govt policy
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  • Daniel Kotronis

    DanielK

    15 Jan, 2019 10:16 am

    If they're sent to Perth Airport. The A350-1000s would most likely be placed on the midnight CX170/171, and then the A350-900s to the morning CX144/183
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  • Chun Wah Dou

    Pallydou

    15 Jan, 2019 12:57 pm

    I still can't get why they roll out A350 in this manner. SYD has four flights a day and they are the last to get flights refreshed.
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  • AsiaBizTraveller

    AsiaBizTraveller

    15 Jan, 2019 01:14 pm

    Yeah, Cathay Pacific is doing this totally random and arse-about. Or, maybe, could it possibly be that Cathay actually has thought it through and with three of those four SYD-HKG flights being Boeing 777s with a capacity of 340 seats, and the fourth being an A330 with 251 seats, swapping the A330 for an A350 with 280 seats adds capacity exactly where it's needed. This is all about capacity and getting the right aircraft onto the right routes.
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  • mrj

    mrj

    18 Jan, 2019 03:14 pm

    I've just flown the A350-900 business on 3 long haul flights. They are indeed comfortable and the service is generally good. But I endorse the comments about the poor maintenance and overall shoddy condition of the seats. Also poorly cleaned. And don't start me on the food.... which is inedible!
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  • russh7

    russh7

    18 Jan, 2019 05:50 pm

    With 777s being refitted to 10 abreast in Y, Cathay knows that will be a poor experience for Aust sized passengers on a 9 hour flight. So they need to replace with A350 which are 9 abreast although still a bit narrower than 777.
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  • Daniel Keaton

    New York State

    5 Feb, 2019 08:23 am

    Does anyone know which flight CX will replace on its HKG-MEL route to the A35K service? CX163 perhaps? Thanks.
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  • PERflyer

    PERflyer

    2 May, 2019 11:43 am

    Great news for Perth. Albeit the current 359 is identical product.
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  • Chun Wah Dou

    Pallydou

    2 May, 2019 08:33 pm

    Can't understand they put A350-900 on their trump flight CX111.
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  • 2A

    2A

    3 May, 2019 03:13 pm

    I had a -1000 AMS-HKG and a -900 HKG-BNE earlier this week. Seat 17K both flights. There is no doubt the -1000 is better although I can't put my finger on why. Agree re. the seats on the -900. The occupant of the seat adjacent to me couldn't get the arm rest down (and neither could the crew) and I couldn't get the remote out of its socket in my seat (the scratches around it suggest I wasn't the first). B-LRC. Take note CX.
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  • fadz

    fadz

    6 May, 2019 12:56 pm

    I thought Qatar was going go to be flying the a350k into Sydney/cbr as of june/july
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  • Julznet

    Julznet

    7 May, 2019 11:55 am

    I am booked to Hong Kong out of ADL in July and the on demand dining option still isn't available when managing my booking. Last March when I flew from AMS to HKG I was able to pre-order my meal prior to the flight, hopefully this will be reflected soon on the ADL sector, or maybe they won't be rolling this out on the older A330 fleet as ADL still retains this aircraft type.
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