Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific, the largest foreign carrier operating out of Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, is expected to receive its first Airbus A350 aircraft in the coming months. According to the latest airline timetables, Manila will become the very first destination for the newest member of the Cathay Pacific fleet.
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Cathay Pacific's A350 will be deployed on flights CX901 and CX900 starting May 1, 2016. Flight CX901 is a mid-morning flight from Hong Kong to Manila, while the return flight, CX900 departs back for Hong Kong at lunch time.
Although the A350 is primarily intended for long-haul operations, carriers typically operate the aircraft on shorter regional routes initially in order for the crews to familiarise themselves with the features of the new aircraft.
It remains unclear whether A350 service to Manila will continue on a daily basis in the long-term. However, Cathay Pacific frequently rotates a mixture of its regional and long-haul aircraft on services to Manila with specific aircraft sometimes flying to the Philippine capital just once per week.
The A350 is also expected to make regional appearances on flights to Taipei, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, and Singapore. Cathay Pacific's first A350 long haul flight will be to London Gatwick on September 2, 2016.
Cathay Pacific's new A350 aircraft features three classes: Business (38 seats), Premium Economy (28 seats), and Economy (214 seats). The A350's seat design will be slightly different from what is already found on board the carrier's existing fleet.
Although the A350 aircraft is expected to feature Cathay Pacific's traditional seat-back personal in-flight entertainment system, each seat also comes with a 'tablet tray' on the seat backs for passengers to place their smart phones and tablets. This will enable passengers to use their own personal devices without the need to encroach on any tray table space.