Launched at the same time 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 largest 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.
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.
“With more seats, more cargo space and a substantially higher payload, the
-1000 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 inflight products will offer customers an unsurpassed travel experience, enabling them to wake up fresh.”
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 further 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 testament to the demand for flights to Hong Kong and beyond from the 22 million people in our catchment area.”