Cathay Pacific confirms A350-1000 to be introduced on NZ routes

Cathay Pacific has announced it will be introducing the brand new, state-of-the-art Airbus A350-1000 onto its New Zealand routes, making it the first airline to do so.

The first A350-1000 flight will arrive in Auckland in December.

It's the largest variant in the A350 family, able to carry up to 334 passengers across business, premium and economy class. That's 54 more passengers than the A350-900, which the airline flies out of Christchurch.

As well as introducing a new aircraft onto the Auckland market, Cathay Pacific will be increasing its frequency in and out of Christchurch using the A350-900.

Taking off from Christchurch on-board Cathay Pacific's A350.
Taking off from Christchurch on-board Cathay Pacific's A350. Photo credit: Dan Lake

Until now, the airline has flown to Christchurch between December and February; this will be extended to include three flights a week in November and four flights a week in December, through until February. 

Selling points of the Airbus A350-1000:

  • The very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies 
  • Improved fuel efficiency
  • Quiet cabin
  • LED mood lighting
  • Fully equipped Wi-Fi on-board

The daily A350-1000 flights will operate between December and February.