Cathay Pacific is adding more Airbus A350 flights into Australia, with Perth to enjoy a daily service of the advanced jet while Melbourne will boast its second CX A350.
Both services kick off on 29 October 2017, with the Perth A350 debuting on CX170/171 while Melbourne's second A350 slots into CX134/135.
The move represents quite an upgrade for Melbourne in particular, with two of Cathay's three daily flights – CX104/105 and CX 134/135 – now being on the new Airbus A350, while CX178/163 remain on the larger Boeing 777-300ER.
Brisbane will also see its first A350 from Cathay Pacific at the end of March, as the Oneworld airline slowly pulls the older Airbus A330s from its Australian network.
... along with an all-new premium economy seat...
Also on offer from tip to tail is inflight Internet, which is a first for Cathay Pacific's international fleet, with free access to the BBC, CNN and Euronews channels, and Internet WiFi available at US$10 per hour or – much better value – US$20 for the entire flight.
"We’ve been flying into Perth since 1970 and we’re thrilled to be introducing our newest aircraft on our direct services to and from Hong Kong" enthused Cathay Pacific’s General Manager Southwest Pacific, Nelson Chin.
"It not only means a bigger aircraft, it also offers more comfortable cabins and more seats using our very latest designs."
“Already passengers who have flown on the A350 speak highly of the experience. It really is transforming the way our passengers are travelling – it’s faster, smarter, and greener and people feel better when they arrive at their destination,” Chin added.
Cathay will also use its Airbus A350 between Hong Kong and London Gatwick to trial 'dine on demand' meals in business class from May 1 through to May 31, with travellers able to select anything from the expanded inflight menu to enjoy at anytime during the 12 hour flight.