Cathay Pacific Airways has become the sixth airline to operate the world’s latest and most efficient twin engine widebody aircraft. The airline’s first A350-900 featuring the carrier’s new livery has arrived at its home base in Hong Kong. After an initial period flying on regional routes, Cathay Pacific’s A350-900 will begin long haul operations later this year.
Altogether Cathay Pacific has 48 A350 XWB on order, including 22 A350-900s and 26 of the larger A350-1000s.
The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, according to Airbus, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs.