Cathay Pacific has begun services with its new Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft. The airline has acquired 48 new Airbus aircraft, which began flights on 1 June with a turnaround flight to Manila.
The aircraft are based in Hong Kong and will continue with regional flights, with plans to expand to long-haul flights to Europe later this year.
The airline has built on its award-winning Business Class seat, retaining features like toggle-controlled seat positioning. The new cabins, designed by F.A. Porsche, provide extra storage space in addition to fully lie-flat beds with linen-like bedding and personal services such as do not disturb and wake up calls included in the expanded entertainment system.
The Airbuses are totally WiFi equipped, with complimentary access to the Cathay Pacific website, a number of partner websites and three live TV news channels. For a fee, full WiFi access is also available for passengers to use social media, streaming sites, and email.
The planes are also more efficient, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines used to minimise engine noise. Cathay Pacific is also continuing its sustainable initiatives with the new Airbuses, planning to make all flights fuelled with up to 10% biofuel.