10 APRIL 2017
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Daily flights between Manchester and Hong Kong are being introduced on 1 December by Cathay Pacific in a significant upgrade to its operations from the North West.
The extra services will operate on Sundays and Wednesdays. Cathay had already announced it was increasing its current four flights a week to five as of 2 June this year and says the further upgrade is to meet “growing customer demand”.
Flights from June will use the A350-900 in place of the B777-300ER, making Manchester the second Cathay Pacific destination in the UK after Gatwick to receive the technologically-advanced aircraft. Gatwick also goes daily from December.
With Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins, the A350-900 features the latest seats, enhanced inflight entertainment and full wi-fi system, so passengers can stay connected throughout the journey.
Meanwhile, Cathay has confirmed it is fitting a 10-across 3x4x3 layout in Economy on its 48 long-range B777-300ER and 17 regional B777-300 fleets from mid-2018 “aligning the practice of many notable premium carriers”.
The airline added: “Having had the benefit of time to assess other airlines’ experience, in addition to understanding and evaluating customer sentiment, Cathay Pacific will also be enhancing the products and services it provides in the cabin”.
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David Bentley, Manchester/UK
That’s quite a coup, given Cathay’s parlous state, and unexpected. The seating capacity is fairly similar though I expect there will be fuel savings. I also expected an adverse reaction from the Hainan Airlines Beijing service and increase in capacity on Singapore Airlines so it seems the North has a good thing going with Asia Pacific right now.