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Flight from Hong Kong on 1st December marks new Cathay Pacific aircraft’s first UK appearance.

Just in time to celebrate

Launched in the same month as the 4th anniversary of Cathay Pacific’s Manchester-Hong Kong non-stop service, this all-new aircraft’s deployment also coincides with Manchester Airport’s 80th anniversary.
The most significant variant in the Airbus A350 XWB family, Cathay Pacific’s A350-1000 carries a total of 334 passengers across its Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class cabins – 54 more passengers more than the A350-900 that currently serves Manchester.

Reinforce commitment to the North 

Cathay Pacific Regional General Manager Europe, James Ginns, said: “The launch of this all-new aircraft to our UK market reinforces Cathay Pacific’s significant commitment to Europe.
The -1000’s iconic curved winglet is part of the composite carbon fibre reinforced wing structure strong enough to allow this complex aerodynamic shape constructed
1000 has three more full cargo pallet spaces than the -900
Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engine delivers 13,000lb more thrust than that of the -900, increasing the maximum take-off weight by 100 tonnes.
“With more seats, more cargo space and a substantially higher payload, the
-One thousand will further enable the growth of the Northern Powerhouse by connecting more leisure travellers and businesses to Hong Kong, China and Asia-Pacific.
“The aircraft has excellent operating economics; and its state-of-the-art in-flight products will offer customers an unsurpassed travel experience, enabling them to wake up fresh.”

Enable the growth of Northern Powerhouse

International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP, added: “As we look to build a balanced and globally competitive UK economy, our links with high growth markets will be critical.
“That is why the direct connectivity provided through routes like Cathay Pacific’s Manchester-Hong Kong service are so important. The use of the new Airbus A350-1000 will make it even easier for businesses to access both the Hong Kong and the Northern Powerhouse markets, allowing trading ties to strengthen.
“My international economic department has a range of support available to businesses looking to make the most of trade with China, including finance through our award-winning export credit agency, UK Export Finance, and market advice from our in-country HM Trade Commissioner, Richard Burn.”
Manchester Airport Aviation Director, Julian Carr, added: “Since Cathay Pacific returned to Manchester in 2014, the route has gone from strength to strength.  To see them using their most modern aircraft with more seats and cargo space is a testament to the demand for flights to Hong Kong and beyond from the 22 million people in our catchment area.”
Powered by the latest technology Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines, the A350-1000 also has considerable freight capacity, an essential characteristic for Cathay Pacific, one of the world’s largest cargo airlines.

Same same, but different

Like the A350-900, the -1000 also features a three-class configuration comprising Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.
256 Economy Class seats in a 3-3-3 configuration. Each comes with its charging ports, HD TV, and a 6-way headrest to fully cocoon the head and neck.
Premium Economy seats than the -900; 256. Each comes with its own charging ports, HD TV, and a 6-way headrest to fully cocoon the head and neck.
46 Business Class flatbeds are offering the airline’s largest sleeping surface yet. The seats also include updates on the -900 design
Furthermore, enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity means passengers can stay connected throughout their journey, and be entertained with the airline’s award-winning in-flight entertainment system.
Meanwhile, a higher cabin pressure supplies more oxygen to lower the effective cabin cruising altitude to 6,000 ft on the A350-1000, which reduces passenger fatigue and improves their well-being.

Aviation enthusiasts

Manchester Airport is a hub to many aviation enthusiasts in the UK. This time, Cathay Pacific is partnering with @MTAviation to live stream the first arrival and departure of the A350-1000 through Facebook @cathaypacificUKIE.
Aviation enthusiasts can tag their photos or videos to #MANA35K on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for a chance to see their work on Cathay Pacific’s Instagram Stories. The best work will win a -1000 aircraft model.
Initially, the A350-1000 will be deployed on a seasonal basis, serving Manchester between December 2018 and 28 February 2019.
Cathay Pacific currently has seven A350-1000s in its modern long-haul fleet and will take delivery of another 13 by the end of 2021.
The airline currently operates a daily non-stop service between Manchester and Hong Kong. The convenient schedule means that passengers and cargo can connect to Hong Kong, China, Asia and Asia-Pacific at the first opportunity to maximise a valuable business day.
Details of the Manchester service from 1 December 2018 until 28 February 2019 are as follows (all times local):
Flight no
From
To
Departure/Arrival
Days of operation
CX 216
MAN
HKG
1130/0705
Daily
CX 219
HKG
MAN
0135/0635
Daily

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