Cathay Pacific Begins First A350-900 Service to Canada

By Jesse Sokolow on 29 March 2017
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An Airbus A350 cockpit

An Airbus A350 cockpit

Cathay Pacific became the first airline to operate regularly scheduled service using Airbus A350 to Canada on Tuesday with the addition of new flights linking Vancouver and Hong Kong.

The initial Airbus A350-900 flight flew under the command of Michael Brown, the Airbus deputy chief pilot at the airline.

The carrier will use the new plane for three of its 17 round trips between the two cities each week. It will depart Hong Kong at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and leave Vancouver at 9:25 a.m. on the same days of the week. Cathay will use Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for other flights on the route.

The A350-900 is part of Airbus’ all-new A350 XWB family, which can seat up to 369 passengers in a typical two-class layout.  It has a composite fuselage and new wings, and is powered by Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, all of which contribute to a 25% fuel burn reduction.

Cathay’s A350-900s cabins are configured with 38 suites in business class, 28 seats in premium economy, and 214 seats in economy. Business-class seats are 20” wide and have a bed length of 75”.

The Hong Kong-based airline also plans to operate A350s to the United States. It will offer thrice-weekly flights between Hong Kong and San Francisco on the high-tech aircraft starting October 31, 2017.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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