: Cathay Pacific has become the second airline in the world and first in Asia-Pacific to take delivery of the Airbus A350-1000.
The delivery flight of B-LXA took off from Airbus’s Toulouse headquarters with airline staff and media on board a little after 1440 on Tuesday (European time), landing at Airport about 12 hours later on Wednesday morning.
Cathay Pacific has 20 A350-1000s on order, with eight of the type to be delivered by the end of calendar 2108 and the remaining 12 to arrive by 2021.
The A350-1000 is 73.78m in length, 6.98m longer than the A350-900, and is designed to fly 7,950nm carrying 366 passengers, according to Airbus figures.
Cathay Pacific has configured its A350-1000 to carry 334 passengers comprising 46 business in a 1-2-1 layout with direct aisle access for every passenger, 32 in premium economy at eight abreast and 256 in economy with nine seats per row.
It has 54 more seats than Cathay Pacific’s 280-seat A350-900s (38 business, 28 premium economy and 214 economy).
Cathay Pacific chief customer and commercial officer Paul Loo said the entry-into-service of the A350-1000 built upon the airline’s successful induction of A350-900, which had allowed the airline to expand its long-haul network at a “near unprecedented rate”.