Cathay Pacific’s first A350-1000 rolled out of the Airbus paint shop at Toulouse, France. “We’re investing substantially in the future and will be taking delivery of 79 new aircraft between now and 2024” says Cathay Pacific.
The Airline will take delivery of its first of 20 A350-1000 in April 2018. Cathay announced that the inaugural long-haul flight will be on September 15, 2018, connecting Hong Kong and Washington Dulles,- 8,153 miles between the two cities four times weekly.
Cathay also have plans to fly to Sydney, Australia in the second half of 2018 and eventually will replace the A330 on the daily flight. The plan is to progressively upgrade all A330s flying to Australia with either A350-900, and A350-1000 or a Boeing 777-300ER by 2020.
The Cathay’s A350-1000 seats a total of 334 passengers and powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines with a range of 8,000 nautical miles (14,800 km).
The airline will be taking delivery of 79 new aircraft now through to 2024, comprising the 20 -1000s, six -900s, 32 A321neos and 21 Boeing 777-9s.