Cathay Pacific expects to take delivery of its first A350 in February/2016, with 47 more of the next-gen jetliners to follow.
The airline has confirmed that its debutant A350 is "currently slated to arrive in February/2016" so it will be around MSN30 and it will include all-new business class and economy seats designed by Porsche Design Group and London-based Tangerine.
Cathay Pacific has signed up for 22 of the mid-size A350-900 and 26 of the largest and longest-range A350-1000 model.
"With the entry into service EIS of the A350 just 6 months away, Cathay Pacific is working hard to fine-tune its own cabin definition and technical specifications for the new aircraft" the airline said.
However, Cathay Pacific has already clocked up some time with the A350 as part of a ‘virtual passenger flight’ held in August/2013, when a CX cabin crew served 129 passengers during a four hour dry run in an A350 mock-up dubbed ‘Cabin Zero’.
The 'flight' took place in the Airbus plant situated on the outskirts of Hamburg, with passengers even treated to a hearty hot lunch on their imaginary journey from the Canary Islands to Hamburg.
Based on the article “Cathay Pacific's first Airbus A350 due for February 2016” published in Australian Business Traveller