Cathay Pacific has boosted its Perth services, swapping out its daily A330-300 service for a brand new A350-1000. The first flight operated by the A350-1000 touched down in Perth on Sunday evening before turning back to Hong Kong one and a half hours later.
The new addition to the Perth airport tarmac occured on the same day that Cathay Pacific sent its first A350-1000 service into Melbourne.
Cathay Pacific operates eleven return services a week between Perth and Hong Kong, It is the only airline operating on this route. Seven days a week it has a mid afternoon departure out of Hong Kong (CX171) arriving in Perth late the same evening. The aircraft then turns around for a midnight departure from Perth (CX170) and a breakfast time arrival into Hong Kong. This is the service that will see the A350-1000 operating it.
There is also a four day a week service operated by an A330-300. It flies down to Perth through the night on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving early the following morning. It operates a daylight return service on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays. This service will stick with the A330-300.
The A350-1000 is a big plane. It carries 334 passengers over three cabin classes. In the main economy cabin there are 256 seats in a 3-3-3 configuration. In the smaller premium economy cabin there are 32 seats in a 2-4-2 configuration. In business class there are 46 lie flat seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. In contrast, the Cathay Pacific A330-300 carries 251 passengers.
The current Cathay Pacific Hong Kong – Perth – Hong Kong timetable is as follows:
|Dep Hong Kong (HKG)||CX171||Daily||A350-1000||15:05|
|Arr Perth (PER)||22:50|
|Dep Perth (PER)||CX170||Daily||A350-1000||00:10|
|Arr Hong Kong (HKG)||07:45|
|Dep Hong Kong (HKG)||CX143||Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun||A330-300||21:20|
|Arr Perth (PER)||05:00 (+1)|
|Dep Perth (PER)||CX144||Thu, Fri, Sat, Mon||A330-300||06:20|
|Arr Hong Kong (HKG)||14:35|