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Cathay Pacific boosts frequencies to Adelaide, Frankfurt, Madrid and Tokyo

Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-941 F-WZGW (B-LRR) (msn 119) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 938907.

Cathay Pacific Airways is adding more and more destinations to our already expansive global network*, we are also increasing the frequency of services on some of our most popular routes across three continents to give our passengers more choice and greater options.

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Frankfurt goes 10 times weekly

Currently served daily from Hong Kong, we’re going to be adding an additional three weekly flights to the German commercial and cultural hub from 31 March 2019, departing Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Flight CX283 leaves Hong Kong at 12:30, arriving into Frankfurt at 18:40. The late evening return departure of CX282, meanwhile, allows customers to maximise their time on their final day in Europe. These additional flights will be operated by our Airbus A350-900 aircraft, which feature Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins, Wi-Fi connectivity and our latest inflight entertainment system across all three classes.
Flight schedules between Hong Kong and Frankfurt from 31 March 2019 (all times local):

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation
CX 289 HKG FRA 0035/0645 Daily
CX 288 FRA HKG 1345/0650+1 Daily
CX 283 HKG FRA 1230/1840 Tuesday, Friday, Sunday
CX 282 FRA HKG 2040/1345+1 Tuesday, Friday, Sunday

 

Six of the best to Adelaide

The cosmopolitan South Australian capital is the gateway to the state’s flourishing wine region – and we’ll be raising a glass to the addition of a sixth weekly flight from Hong Kong starting 28 October 2018. As well as providing the extra service, which will be operated by Airbus A330-300 aircraft, we will be introducing a new schedule to Adelaide, which sees three weekly flights departing Hong Kong overnight, and three in the morning hours. From Adelaide, return flights will move from an early morning departure to afternoons and late evenings. This split schedule gives customers greater choice and improved connectivity to and from European destinations via our Hong Kong hub.

 

Flight schedules between Hong Kong and Adelaide from 28 October 2018 (all times local):

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation
CX 175 HKG ADL 0015/1140 Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
CX 174 ADL HKG 1300/1920 Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
CX 173 HKG ADL 0915/2035 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
CX 176 ADL HKG 2215/0505+1 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

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Madrid to be made daily

The elegant boulevards, world-class restaurants, historic museums and charming neighbourhoods of the Spanish capital are going to be more accessible than ever before next summer. Between June and October 2019, we’re going to be adding two weekly flights between Hong Kong and Madrid – on Mondays and Wednesdays; turning this five-times-weekly service into a daily operation. The new flights will be operated by our Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

Flight schedules between Hong Kong and Madrid between 3 June and 23 October 2019 (all times local):

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation
CX 315 HKG MAD 0050/0845 Monday, Wednesday
CX 320 MAD HKG 1230/0705+1 Monday, Wednesday
CX 315 HKG MAD 0050/0845 Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
CX 320 MAD HKG 1230/0705+1 Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

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Topping up Tokyo

We fly more to Japan from Hong Kong than any other airline, and for good reason: the Land of the Rising Sun has long been a firm favourite among our customers and its popularity as a holiday hotspot continues to grow from strength to strength. On the back of increasing customer demand, we will be introducing an additional daily non-stop flight to Tokyo (Narita) from 28 October 2018. Flight CX526 will depart Hong Kong at 0810, arriving into the Japanese capital at 1310. The return service, CX527, leaves at 1420, arriving into Hong Kong at 1845.

Cathay Pacific flies six times daily between Hong Kong and Tokyo (Narita). Details of the new service from 28 October are as follows:

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation
CX 526 HKG NRT 0810/1310 Daily
CX 527 NRT HKG 1420/1845 Daily

 

*Expanding horizons

The Cathay Pacific Group is growing at an unprecedented rate, as we look to boost connectivity for our customers across the world. In 2018 alone, ten new destinations are linked with Hong Kong including Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Nanning, Jinan, Washington D.C., Cape Town, Davao City, Medan and Tokushima. Another new destination to look forward to is Seattle, which will join the network in March 2019. Watch this space for more destination announcements in the months ahead.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Cathay Pacific): Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-941 F-WZGW (B-LRR) (msn 119) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 938907.

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QANTAS and Cathay Pacific to code share

"Official airline partner of Sydney Mardi Gras"

The two airlines have jointly announced:

Cathay Pacific Airways and QANTAS Airways customers are set to benefit from a new codeshare agreement that leverages the strengths of each carrier’s regional networks and provides more options for customers traveling between Australia and Asia.

The codeshare agreement will see QANTAS add its code to Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon’s services within Asia from Hong Kong to 10 cities across India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and on Cathay Pacific’s long-haul services from Hong Kong to Perth and Cairns*.

In turn, Cathay Pacific will add its code to 13 routes on QANTAS’ domestic network in Australia*.

Customers of both airlines will also have increased opportunities to earn frequent flyer points through their respective loyalty programs.

QANTAS Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn more QANTAS Points and status credits when traveling on the QANTAS-coded flights. Similarly, Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club members will earn more Club Points when travelling on a Cathay Pacific-coded flight.

Cathay Pacific and QANTAS together operate more than 100 services a week between Hong Kong and Australia. As oneworld alliance partners, eligible customers will continue to enjoy access to both Cathay Pacific and QANTAS lounges in Australia and Hong Kong, as well as other oneworld associated lounges across both airlines broader networks.

Tickets for the codeshare services will be available for sale from October 22, 2018, for travel from October 28, 2018.

*Flights subject to regulatory approval.

Codeshare routes

Qantas codeshare on Cathay Pacific / Cathay Dragon routes

Between Hong Kong and Asia

  • Hong Kong – Bangalore, India
  • Hong Kong – Mumbai, India
  • Hong Kong – Calcutta, India
  • Hong Kong – Delhi, India
  • Hong Kong – Chennai, India
  • Hong Kong – Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Hong Kong – Danang, Vietnam
  • Hong Kong – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Hong Kong – Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Hong Kong – Yangon, Myanmar

Between Hong Kong and Australia

  • Hong Kong – Cairns
  • Hong Kong – Perth

Cathay Pacific codeshare on Qantas domestic routes

  • Adelaide-Melbourne
  • Adelaide-Sydney
  • Alice Springs-Sydney
  • Brisbane-Cairns
  • Brisbane-Melbourne
  • Brisbane-Sydney
  • Brisbane – Townsville
  • Canberra-Melbourne
  • Cairns-Melbourne
  • Cairns-Sydney
  • Darwin-Perth
  • Hobart-Melbourne
  • Melbourne-Sydney

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the two airlines): QANTAS Airways Airbus A330-303 VH-QPJ (msn 712) (Sydney Mardi Gras) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 937063.

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Cathay Pacific, Boeing to donate world’s first 777 to aviation museum

First Boeing 777, to be donated to Pima Air Museum

Cathay Pacific and Boeing announced today that they are donating the first-ever Boeing 777 airplane to the Pima Air and Space Museum in Arizona, one of the world’s largest facilities devoted to celebrating aerospace.

The iconic 777-200 airplane (line number WA001 and registered B-HNL) will fly from Cathay Pacific’s home airport in Hong Kong to Tucson, Arizona on September 18, 2018. The jet will be displayed permanently at the museum alongside more than 350 other historic aircraft.

Boeing first flew the 777-200 aircraft on June 12, 1994 and continued to use it as a test airplane for several years. The aircraft joined the Cathay Pacific fleet in 2000 and was retired in May after 18 years of service. During its time with Cathay Pacific, B-HNL operated 20,519 flights, recording 49,687 hours of flying time.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said: “As the world’s very first 777, B-HNL holds a very special place in the history of both our airline and that of commercial aviation, and we are very pleased it will soon bring enjoyment to enthusiasts at its new home in Arizona.

“Our 777-200 aircraft have served us exceptionally well over the last two decades, and as we progressively retire these over the months ahead, we eagerly look forward to welcoming the state-of-the art 777-9 aircraft into our fleet from 2021,” he added.

In the 1990s, Cathay Pacific was one of a handful of airlines to provide input for the 777 at the design stage, which gave Hong Kong’s home airline a unique opportunity to refine the aircraft’s features to suit its needs. Among the requests were a cabin cross-section similar to the 747 Jumbo Jet, a modern ‘glass’ cockpit, fly-by-wire system, and, crucially, lower operating costs. Today, Cathay Pacific operates one of the largest 777 fleets in the world.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister said: “Cathay Pacific has been instrumental in the tremendous success of the 777 programme. The airline contributed greatly to the airplane’s original design and has been one of its biggest ambassadors ever since. And now they are a launch customer for our new 777X airplane. We are thrilled to partner with Cathay on this donation to the museum as a way to share the remarkable story of the Boeing 777 for years to come.”

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Cathay Pacific): Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 777-267 B-HNL (msn 27116) TPE (Robbie Shaw). Image: 943546.

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Cathay Dragon to operate between Hong Kong and Tokushima in Japan

Cathay Dragon Airbus A320-232 B-HSN (msn 2428) HKG (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 936007.

The Cathay Pacific Group will introduce a scheduled seasonal service from Hong Kong to Tokushima in Japan, as its record-breaking year of network expansion continues.

The new two-times-weekly service to Tokushima, gateway to the island destination of Shikoku, is the 10th route that the Group will have launched in 2018.

The route will operated by Cathay Dragon between December 19, 2018 and March 30, 2019 using Airbus A320 aircraft.

Cathay Dragon has operated charter flights to Tokushima at peak holiday periods in the past and the introduction of a scheduled service underlines the Group’s commitment to this increasingly popular region and Japan as a whole.

Together, Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon currently fly to six destinations in Japan, and the addition of Tokushima to the network gives customers a new region of the country to explore. Open-jaw tickets are available through http://www.cathaypacific.com, meaning customers can also choose to fly to Tokushima and return to Hong Kong from another Japanese gateway (or vice versa).

Already this year, the Cathay Pacific Group has launched services to Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Nanning and Jinan. Other new routes to take-off this year include Washington DC (on 15 September), Davao City, Medan (both October) and Cape Town (November).

Savour the sights of Shikoku

Blessed with a beautiful coastline and scenic mountain ranges that stretch right across the island, Shikoku has made a name for itself among lovers of the great outdoors and is especially popular with self-drive visitors looking to discover rural Japan. Surfers head to Kaifu Point for some of the country’s biggest waves, while the Yoshino River is famous for quality and size of its rapids, making white-water rafting one of the most popular activities in the area.

Culturally-minded visitors find delight in the Otsuka Museum of Art, the largest permanent exhibition space in Japan, whilst the many Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines that dot the region are another draw. The island is also synonymous with fabulous cuisine. Tokushima ramen noodles are justifiably renowned throughout the country, as is Awa odori, lean, free-range chicken which is traditionally grilled.

The waters to the south of the island, meanwhile, are notable for providing some of the world’s freshest abalone and tiger prawns.

Details of the new Tokushima service:

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation
KA 322 HKG TKS 0930/1400 Wednesday, Saturday
KA 323 TKS HKG 1630/2010 Wednesday
KA 323 TKS HKG 1700/2100 Saturday
Top Copyright Photo (all others by Cathay Pacific/Cathay Dragon): Cathay Dragon Airbus A320-
232 B-HSN (msn 2428) HKG (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 936007.
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Cathay Pacific announces nonstop service from Seattle/Tacoma to Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-941 B-LRE (msn 039) YVR (Rob Rindt). Image: 941122.

Cathay Pacific Airways has announced it will commence a new nonstop service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on April 1, 2019, becoming the only airline that will directly link Hong Kong with the fastest-growing city on the West Coast.

The four-times-weekly service will see Seattle/Tacoma become the airline’s eighth passenger gateway in the United States, and its 10th in North America.

Cathay Pacific currently serves Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York (JFK), New York (Newark), San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver. A new Cathay Pacific service to Washington, DC will commence on September 16, 2018.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said the Seattle route, which will be operated by the airline’s state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 aircraft, underscores the airline’s expansion strategy to connect new destinations not otherwise served from Hong Kong–and to link its home, one of the most innovative cities in Asia, with tech hubs the world over.

The Cathay Pacific Group is undergoing a period of unprecedented growth, with nine new destinations having already been announced for launch this year.

CX 857 will depart Seattle on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings at 1:05 a.m., arriving in Hong Kong the following day at 5:25 a.m. This early morning arrival allows passengers to connect with every Cathay Pacific flight across Asia—including Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and over 20 gateways in mainland China—without a lengthy layover in Hong Kong. The return flight, CX 858, will depart Hong Kong at 11:55 p.m. (local time) on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, arriving in Seattle at 9:00 p.m. (same day).

(PRNewsfoto/Cathay Pacific Airways)

The airline’s customers will enjoy a superior experience when they fly between Hong Kong and Seattle. Cathay Pacific’s A350-900s are amongst the quietest and most environmentally-friendly aircraft in the sky and are equipped with comfortable seating, an enhanced inflight entertainment system and Wi-Fi connectivity across Business, Premium Economy and Economy classes.

Details of the new Seattle service from April 1, 2019 are as follows (all times local):

Flight no

From

To

Departure/Arrival

Days of operation

CX 857

SEA

HKG

0105/0525+1

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

CX 858

HKG

SEA

2355/2100

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Cathay Pacific): Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-941 B-LRE (msn 039) YVR (Rob Rindt). Image: 941122.

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Cathay Pacific becomes the second operator of the Airbus A350-1000

First Airbus A350-1000, delivered on June 19, 2018

Cathay Pacific Airways has become the second airline to operate the Airbus A350-1000, the world’s newest long range widebody airliner. The airline took delivery of the pictured Airbus A350-1041 B-LXA (msn 118) was handed over on June 19, 2018 at a special event in Toulouse, France.

The aircraft is the first of 20 A350-1000s ordered by Cathay Pacific and will join the carrier’s growing fleet of 22 A350-900 aircraft.

With its true long-range capability, the A350-1000 will form an important part of Cathay Pacific long-haul operations. The aircraft will be deployed on the airline’s new non-stop route from Hong-Kong to Washington DC, representing the longest flight – approximately 17 hours – performed by any airline out of Hong Kong.

The A350-1000 is the latest member of Airbus’ leading widebody family, showing high level of commonality with the A350-900 with 95% common systems part numbers and Same Type Rating. As well as having a longer fuselage to accommodate 40% larger premium area (compared to the A350-900), the A350-1000 also features a modified wing trailing-edge, new six-wheel main landing gears and more powerful Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines. Along with the A350-900, the A350-1000 is shaping the future of air travel by offering unprecedented levels of efficiency and unrivalled comfort in its ‘Airspace’ cabin. With its additional capacity the A350-1000 is perfectly tailored for some of the busiest long-haul routes. To date 11 customers from five continents have ordered a total of 168 A350-1000s.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Airbus): Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-1041 F-WZGV (B-LXA) (msn 118) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 942461.

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Cathay Pacific to fly new aircraft home using alternative jet fuel

Cathay Pacific Airways is underscoring its strong commitment to eco-efficiency by planning to use a blend of alternative jet fuel to fly its new fleet of Airbus A350-1000 aircraft home to Hong Kong.

The airline has 20 of these technologically-advanced aircraft on order for delivery over the next four years. Its first A350-1000 will depart Airbus headquarters in Toulouse on June 19, 2018. A further seven aircraft are due for delivery by the end of 2018.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said: “We have been at the forefront of many initiatives to reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. Achieving carbon neutral growth from 2020 is an important target that we take seriously and using alternative fuels is one of the key strategies in helping us to do so. We will continue to support the development and usage of biofuel to reach mainstream commercial viability.”

Cathay Pacific operated the longest biofuel delivery flight at the time when taking delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft in 2016. Twenty-two aircraft of this type have so far been delivered with a 10% blend of alternative jet fuel in their tanks.

Compared to traditional jet fuel, biofuel can reduce life cycle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%.

Cathay Pacific’s A350-1000 delivery flights using blended biofuel are supported by its partners, Airbus and Total.

Frederic Eychenne, Head of New Energies at Airbus, said: “Through the use of the A350-1000 and low carbon fuels, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to support the aviation sector and our customers to reduce their carbon footprint.”

Cathay Pacific is the world’s first airline to invest in an aviation biofuel company. In 2014, it became an equity investor in US-based Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., which focuses on turning municipal solid waste into sustainable aviation fuel.

In May 2018, Fulcrum broke ground on its first commercial-scale plant in Nevada. When the plant begins operations in 2020, it will produce over 10 million gallons of fuel per year.  Cathay Pacific will be one of the first airlines to fly on fuel produced from this facility.

All images by Cathay Pacific and Airbus.