From this Friday 2 June, Cathay Pacific passengers travelling from Manchester Airport will be able to enjoy the airline’s state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 as it increases its frequency to five flights weekly to meet customer demand.
With Manchester becoming Cathay Pacific’s second route in the UK, it is the only airline in the North West to provide a non-stop service connecting Manchester and Hong Kong.
Passengers flying with Cathay Pacific will also benefit from one additional flight per week from 2 June – an increase to five times weekly (previously four times a week). It will then move to a daily service from 1 December 2017.
Replacing Cathay Pacific’s Boeing 777-300ER which has operated on the Manchester route since it first launched in December 2014, the new A350 features the airline’s latest products in Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class for those travelling from the North West to Hong Kong.
In addition to the latest seats and an enhanced inflight entertainment system, the aircraft is Wi-Fi equipped, meaning passengers can stay connected throughout their journey – encapsulating Cathay Pacific’s brand promise of a “Life Well Travelled”.
Paul Cruttenden, Cathay Pacific’s Marketing & Digital Sales Manager in the UK, commented: “We are delighted to be introducing our state-of-the-art A350-900 aircraft to our popular Manchester route whilst upping the frequency to five times weekly. This demonstrates Cathay Pacific’s commitment to offering increased convenience and superior in-flight products for our customers travelling to Hong Kong from the North West region. Furthermore, the brand new aircraft provides even more reasons to choose Cathay Pacific and enjoy a life truly well-travelled.”
Stephen Turner, Commercial Director at Manchester Airport, said: “It is incredibly pleasing to see Cathay Pacific upgrade its aircraft to the A350. This ultra-modern and efficient aircraft is a clear commitment to providing the best service to passengers from the North.
“In just a few years the Hong Kong route is performing extremely positively and allows the 22m people in our catchment area easy, direct access to Hong Kong and beyond.
“It continues to unlock economic opportunities and trade between the two regions and I am sure the newer aircraft and additional frequency will be welcomed by business and leisure passengers alike.”