By Charlotte Seet
Cathay Pacific prepares for first A321neo flight service
Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific is on schedule to introduce its very first Airbus A321neos into inaugural service, as the airline aims to continue to gradually increase its route network and passenger capacity.
President and CEO Augustus Tang said, âWe are incredibly excited to see our next-generation A321neo take off for the first time next month as we continue to add new passenger services to the region. “
The highly anticipated 202-seat aircraft will make its maiden flight on August 4 as it flies from Hong Kong to Pudong, Shanghai.
Ultimately, the airline plans to further deploy the aircraft for flights to cities – such as Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Kaohsiung and Taipei for the remainder of August – as the airline looks forward to ” deploy the A321nneos on more regional routes and welcome customers on board.
Regarding the new additions and what they would offer, Tang said, âThe single-aisle A321neo is the newest addition to our fleet and has been designed and equipped with an array of new features that deliver the short experience. – Most pleasant courier in the world to our customers.
The 202-seat aircraft will have a cabin configuration of 12 in business class and the other 190 in economy class, and will be the first aircraft to feature the airline’s all-new regional business-class seats.
In addition, the aircraft will also debut with all-new 4K ultra-high definition personal TV screens in business class and 4K personal TV screens in economy class.
This would make Cathay Pacific the only airline, currently, to provide ultra-high definition 4K displays, as well as Bluetooth audio streaming in all cabin classes.
Paired with CFM-LEAP engines, the A321neos are much more durable and efficient than older generation aircraft, offering up to 22% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
In view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the airline has also installed innovative features such as high-tech HEPA ventilation technology to ensure the customer has the best possible air quality.
While this may seem like shocking news, given that Cathay Pacific exclusively operates a widebody fleet, the decision to add narrow bodies came when Cathay Dragon was merged into the main carrier due to a restructuring in late 2020. .
Prior to the termination of the regional subsidiary, Cathay Dragon ordered 16 A321neo from Airbus, but since the integration, these orders will now be delivered directly to Cathay Pacific.
The main brand has already taken delivery of four A321neos and expects two more by the second half of this year. As for the other ten, they should be delivered by the end of 2023.
Promising that its short-haul services on the A321neos will be the most enjoyable experience for passengers, Cathay Pacific is definitely looking for a more positive outlook for the next quarter, and gradually, the rest of this year.