08 September 2014

Cathay Pacific plans A350-900 deliveries for 2016-2017.

Cathay Pacific´s 1st A350-900 is planned for Feb/2016 and it will be the first new aircraft family in 20 years for Cathay.

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A350-900 deliveries (22 orders) are planned for 2016 and 2017 (12+10) and A350-1000 are planned to be delivered in 2018, 2019 and 2020 (6+10+10). Cathay also has ordered 21 B777-9X that will be received later.

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The 22 A350-900s cover A340 replacement, route shift from 777-300ERs to A350s and ultimately new long-haul growth. Secondary European markets are most likely for the A350-900, Mr Smith said. A350-900s will open European destinations while A350-1000s (arriving from 2018) will do so in North America. 

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The competence in Hong Kong (Hong Kong Airlines) has 15 A350-900s ordered and will be delivered from 2018.

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Unlike the dual configurations Cathay has on its long-haul A330s and 777s, Cathay plans to have its A350-900s in 1 single long-haul configuration, Cathay GM Product Toby Smith said. The A350-900s will be in a 3-class configuration of business class, premium economy and economy.

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Cathay plans to introduce on the A350 an upgraded version (exact details are still not public) of its existing Cirrus business class seat, which launched in Mar/2011. Cathay has planned to retrofit the changes of the A350 business class seat onto its A330 and 777 long-haul aircraft.

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The A350s will arrive with an enhanced premium economy seat while the cabin will be scaled back on A330s in Australia, the Middle East and India.

Based on the article “Cathay Pacific plans A350 product and network deployment, premium economy adjustment” published in CAPA

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