Cathay Pacific has said it intends to add the
A350-1000 to its future A350 XWB fleet, with an agreement to place
a new order for 10 aircraft.
In addition, the Hong Kong-based
airline will convert 16 of its existing orders for the A350-900 to
the larger A350-1000.
The acquisition of the A350-1000, which is
subject to the approval of the board of the airline, will bring
the total number of A350 XWB aircraft ordered by Cathay Pacific to
The airline also has separate lease agreements to acquire two
The A350-1000 is the largest version of the
A350 XWB family and typically seats 350 passengers in a three
class layout. The aircraft is capable of flying 8,400 nautical
miles non-stop and will be operated by Cathay Pacific on higher
density routes, including its longest non-stop flights to Europe
and North America.
The aircraft will be powered by two Rolls-Royce
Trent XWB engines delivering 97,000lbs of thrust – the most
powerful engines ever developed for an Airbus aircraft.
“This is an important and strategic development for Cathay
Pacific. The A350-1000 aircraft will bring us world-beating fuel efficiency and environmental friendliness,” said John Slosar, Chief
Executive, Cathay Pacific Airways. “It will also be a very popular
aircraft with our customers and its improved payload and range
will allow us to connect more and more important cities worldwide
directly with Hong Kong.”
Scheduled for entry-into-service in 2014, the A350 XWB is
already one of most successful aircraft programmes ever, with a total of 548 firm orders already received from 34 customers
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