Cathay Pacific brings Airbus A350 onto Sydney-Hong Kong route

Cathay Pacific brings Airbus A350 onto Sydney-Hong Kong route

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.

Read: Up close with Cathay Pacific's A350 premium economy seat

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.

Also read: Five things we love about Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350

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.


  • DY


    12 Nov, 2018 04:36 pm

    With a couple of CX flights to London coming up over the next two months you got me a bit excited there David. Having flown their A350 from AKL I must say their J seats are a step above the 777/330 offering, which were already a step above most other offerings bar QR
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  • Martin  Slobodnik


    12 Nov, 2018 06:02 pm

    Wonder why they didn't roster the -1000 on the Sydney Route?
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  • AJW


    14 Nov, 2018 08:29 pm

    Presume they don’t need the capacity. Or the limited amount of -1000 they have are for now better utilised somewhere else.

    Product wise no difference.
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  • moecat


    12 Nov, 2018 06:33 pm

    Only 28 J seats!
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  • goldtravel


    12 Nov, 2018 06:45 pm

    38 J or 46 J seats
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  • cxflyer


    12 Nov, 2018 07:37 pm

    Apparently as part of the changes, CX161/162 get switched from the B777 to the A330.
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  • David Bourke


    12 Nov, 2018 08:04 pm

    Let's hope so, for those down the back 3-4-3 seating on the refitted 777-300s in going to be torture.
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  • pberrett


    12 Nov, 2018 08:22 pm

    Do they supply free PJs. If not it's no deal! :)
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  • John Phelan

    John Phelan

    13 Nov, 2018 02:03 am

    Not in Business, no.

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  • Chun Wah Dou


    13 Nov, 2018 10:50 am

    Not in their "fake" first class too. Sometime they offer 4-class flight which upgrades highest frequently flyers to those six seats, but treated as J guests.
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  • Martin  Slobodnik


    12 Nov, 2018 09:02 pm

    38 J Seats
    28 Premium Y
    214 Y
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  • Chun Wah Dou


    12 Nov, 2018 10:56 pm

    Finally they plan to have A350 on their Australia trump flight 111.
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  • traveller99


    13 Nov, 2018 04:34 am

    It's a great plane, I've flown it London to Hong Kong return in business class. Very spacious and quiet. The only thing that let it down was the catering in business class. It was premium economy at best.
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  • Karl


    11 Dec, 2018 04:00 pm

    Interesting that the economy seats don’t make the 5 things we love about their new A350s. The economy seats are designed for weight saving and are horrific on the back. Like leaning against a stone wall. Only flew between Singapore and Hong Kong and would pity anyone doing Long haul. Good luck!
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23 Jul, 2019 09:06 am


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