Cathay Pacific Announces Initial A350 Routes

While there’s been a little bit of heat regarding Cathay Pacific’s leaked new A350 interiors, I’ve still been excited to get on one of the A350 flights.

Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900 (Rumoured) Economy Class

I guess I’m excited to say that Cathay Pacific has released their first A350 routes and timetable.

Cathay Pacific will be operating its inaugural A350 flight on Sunday, May 1st, 2016 to Manila (MNL) on flight Cathay Pacific 901 at 9:00 AM. Following at 4:00 PM will be Cathay Pacific 400 to Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) on the same day.

Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900

The following schedules will be as follows, as of Airline Route:

Effective May 1st:

Cathay Pacific 901 Hong Kong to Manila dep 09:00 arr 11:10
Cathay Pacific 900 Manila to Hong Kong dep 12:20 arr 14:45

Cathay Pacific 400 Hong Kong to Taipei dep 16:15 arr 18:15
Cathay Pacific 401 Taipei to Hong Kong dep 19:20 arr 21:10

Effective July 1st:

Cathay Pacific 751 Hong Kong to Bangkok dep 14:25 arr 16:25
Cathay Pacific 708 Bangkok to Hong Kong dep 17:40 arr 21:20

Cathay Pacific 799 Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh dep 16:50 arr 18:30
Cathay Pacific 764 Ho Chi Minh to Hong Kong dep 19:30 arr 23:10

Cathay Pacific 635 Hong Kong to Singapore dep 15:15 arr 19:10
Cathay Pacific 636 Singapore to Hong Kong dep 20:15 arr 00:05

Effective September 1st:

Cathay Pacific 349 Hong Kong to London Gatwick dep 00:55 arr 07:10
Cathay Pacific 344 London Gatwick to Hong Kong dep 12:35 arr 07:25

There are plans for Hong Kong to Bangkok to Singapore to also be operated by an A350, but no one’s sure which Singapore to Hong Kong flight it’ll be thrown back on. Unfortunately I’m not booked on the inaugural due to school exams that week, though I’m rooting for a June trip to Taipei in economy (which is great, as it’s the cabin I’m most subjective about).

BOTTOM LINE

While I’m not impressed with what most likely are Cathay Pacific’s new A350 interiors, I’m excited to see the A350 coming to Cathay Pacific. Ultimately there’s a 20% chance my Taipei A350 adventure actually comes to fruition given how much of my time is taken flying this year already, but I’d like to root for it anyway.

Stay tuned as I get on Korean Air’s longhaul service tomorrow.

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