23 MAY 2016


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Article from BTNews 23 MAY 2016

Cathay A350-900 on way

The first new aircraft type to enter Cathay Pacific’s fleet in 20 years is scheduled to arrive next Friday, 27 May, when the airline takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 in Toulouse.

The Hong Kong airline told its monthly magazine CX World the aircraft would perform its first revenue flight on 1 June to Manila, and operate daily services to Manila and Taipei until the second A350 arrives in July. 

After that, the Dash-900s will be deployed on services to Bangkok, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Osaka Kansai.

The A350s will be used on regional services for three months and enter long-haul service from September.

Cathay is planning to add 22 Dash-900s to its fleet over the next two years, followed by 26 A350-1000s between 2018 and 2020.

The airline was originally scheduled to take delivery of its first A350 in February but the move was delayed by what Cathay says "a Business Class seat issue". The seats are supplied by Zodiac Aerospace.

Cathay’s head of A350 project Bob Taylor said the “key challenges” had been for the supplier to meet a stringent set of seat-certification requirements and overcome “seat-production issues”.


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