Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that its daily flight from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Hong Kong will switch from a Boeing 777-300ER to an Airbus A350-900 operation beginning on October 29, 2017.
One of 16 A350-900s delivered to the airline since its launch in 2016, the aircraft features a refreshed Business Class cabin as well as new Premium Economy Class and Economy Class seats. The A350 will also be deployed on one of three daily San Francisco – Hong Kong flights beginning on the very same day. The airline’s four flights per day from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) will continue to be operated by Boeing 777-300ER, which make up the majority of Cathay Pacific’s ultra long-haul fleet.
CX899 departs daily at 1:10 am, arriving in Hong Kong the following day at 5:00 am. This early morning arrival allows passengers to connect with every Cathay Pacific flight across Asia – including Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, and over 22 gateways in mainland China – without a lengthy layover in Hong Kong. The return flight, CX890, departs Hong Kong at 6:00 pm (local time), arriving in Newark at 9:40 pm (same day).
“The A350-900 is unrivaled in terms of sustainability and passenger experience,” said Philippe Lacamp, Senior Vice President, Americas, Cathay Pacific. “Quietest among the aircraft types in its class and also 25% more fuel efficient, Cathay Pacific has again proven itself as a leader in airline eco-innovation, with the A350 in-flight carpets and passengers’ blankets made from recycled plastic, including salvaged fishing nets and plastic bottles.
“Dedication to choice and flexibility are hallmarks of Cathay Pacific’s commitment to its customers. The introduction of the A350 as part of our five daily flights from the New York Metropolitan Area, complementing the Boeing 777-300ER from JFK, delivers on this promise. Not only can customers choose from five different departure times across two airports, but for the first time, they will be able to factor in aircraft preference as well.”
Cathay Pacific has taken delivery of 16 A350-900 aircraft, with an additional six on firm order, and 26 firm orders of the A350-1000.