Cathay Pacific introduces new A350 on UK routes

SAM | 7th December 2018

Launched in the same month as the 4th anniversary of Cathay Pacific’s Manchester-Hong Kong non-stop service, this all-new aircraft’s deployment also coincides with Manchester Airport’s 80th anniversary.


The largest variant in the Airbus A350 XWB family, Cathay Pacific’s A350-1000 carries a total of 334 passengers across its Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class cabins – 54 more passengers more than the A350-900 that currently serves Manchester.


Cathay Pacific Regional General Manager Europe, James Ginns, said: “The launch of this all-new aircraft to our UK market reinforces Cathay Pacific’s significant commitment to Europe.



“With more seats, more cargo space and a substantially higher payload, the  A350-1000 will further enable the growth of the Northern Powerhouse by connecting more leisure travellers and businesses to Hong Kong, China and Asia-Pacific.


“The aircraft has excellent operating economics; and its state-of-the-art inflight products will offer customers an unsurpassed travel experience, enabling them to wake up fresh.”


International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP, added: “As we look to build a balanced and globally competitive UK economy, our links with high growth markets will be critical.


“That is why the direct connectivity provided through routes like Cathay Pacific’s Manchester-Hong Kong service are so important. The use of the new Airbus A350-1000 will make it even easier for businesses to access both the Hong Kong and the Northern Powerhouse markets, allowing trading ties to further strengthen.


“My international economic department has a range of support available to businesses looking to make the most of trade with China, including finance through our award-winning export credit agency, UK Export Finance, and market advice from our in-country HM Trade Commissioner, Richard Burn.”


Cathay Pacific introduces new A350 on its UK routes

Cathay Pacific Business Class


Manchester Airport Aviation Director, Julian Carr, added: “Since Cathay Pacific returned to Manchester in 2014, the route has gone from strength to strength.  To see them using their most modern aircraft with more seats and cargo space is testament to the demand for flights to Hong Kong and beyond from the 22 million people in our catchment area.”


Powered by the latest technology Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines, the A350-1000 also has considerable freight capacity, an important characteristic for Cathay Pacific, one of the world’s largest cargo airlines.


Like the A350-900, the -1000 also features a three-class configuration comprising Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.


Furthermore, enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity means passengers can stay connected throughout their journey, and be kept entertained with the airline’s award-winning inflight entertainment system.


Meanwhile, a higher cabin pressure supplies more oxygen to lower the effective cabin cruising altitude to 6,000 ft on the A350-1000, which reduces passenger fatigue and improves their well-being.


Initially the A350-1000 will be deployed on a seasonal basis, serving Manchester between December 2018 and 28 February 2019.


Cathay Pacific currently has seven A350-1000s in its modern long-haul fleet and will take delivery of another 13 by end of 2021.


The airline currently operates a daily non-stop service between Manchester and Hong Kong. The convenient schedule means that passengers and cargo can connect to Hong Kong, China, Asia and Asia-Pacific at the first opportunity to maximise a valuable business day.


Details of the Manchester service from 1 December 2018 until 28 February 2019 are as follows (all times local):


Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation
CX 216 MAN HKG 1130/0705 Daily
CX 219 HKG MAN 0135/0635 Daily