Cathay Pacific is revving up for its Airbus A350 flights to take wing in May to Taipei and Manila, followed by Singapore, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City in July, following an expected “late April” delivery of its first A350.
The airline overnight updated its booking system to reveal the first raft of regional services which will help crew and ground teams become familiar with the A350 in a working environment before the next-generation jetliner is rostered onto long-distance international flights.
The schedule – which is of course subject to change – shows the A350 winging its way to Manila and Taipei on May 1, then extending its reach to Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh from July 1, and Singapore from July 3.
Cathay’s A350 will turn towards the UK from September 2 with the start of scheduled flights between Hong Kong and London’s Gatwick Airport (initially running four days a week).
The airline also expects to list Auckland as another A350 destination soon after.
Cathay Pacific is due to pick up the keys to 12 A350-900s this year with ten more to follow in 2017, plus 26 of the larger and longer-range A350-1000s from 2018.