Hong Kong based carrier Cathay Pacific has today (June 19th) accepted its first A350-1000, becoming the aircraft's second customer after Qatar Airways. B-LXA is currently on delivery to Hong Kong and is estimated to arrive there at roughly 8am on Wednesday.
Cathay has big plans for the incoming fleet of A35K, the official abbreviation, using it to open up new destinations like Washington DC, which will also be the longest route operated by Cathay, or to deploy the aircraft on routes with strong demand, Amsterdam, Madrid, Tel Aviv and Zurich have already been released as upcoming destinations. Up to 334 passengers can enjoy the brand new type, 46 in Business, 32 in Premium Economy and 256 in regular Economy.
CCO Paul Loo said at the delivery ceremony that the only reason Cathay is expanding its network at such a fast pace is because of the new A350-900 and now A35K which enable the airline to attract new customers and open up previously untapped markets. Cathay already operates 22 A350-900 and has a further 4 on order and is expecting 19 additional A35K over the coming years.