Cathay Pacific will fly its flagship Airbus A350 to Sydney from October 2019 as the airline slowly shifts the older Airbus A330s out of Australia.
From Oct 27 2019, the overnight CX111 flight from Hong Kong to Sydney and the CX110 Sydney-Hong Kong return leg will step up to an A350-900.
The A350 brings with it Cathay Pacific’s latest business class beds (an update to the current A330 and Boeing 777 design) with the 38 seats offering with more space to stretch out and sleep…
… along with more personal storage, a redesigned shell and a larger and sharper inflight entertainment screen.
AusBT review: Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 business class
Each of the 28 premium economy seats sports a padded leg rest...
… plus two inches of extra legroom compared to some of the airline’s other aircraft, and thoughtful touches such as this ‘tablet tray’ for those who prefer to watch their own entertainment en route.
There's also inflight Internet access, yours for US$10 (A$13) for one hour of browsing or US$20 (A$26) for the entire flight, with no data download limits.
AusBT review: Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 inflight Internet
This is Cathay Pacific's first Sydney-bound Airbus A350, although Cathay already flies the A350 to Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
However, in an unexpected schedule shuffle, October 27 2019 will also see the daily CX161/CX162 service downgraded from a Boeing 777-300ER to an Airbus A330.