Cathay Pacific changed its Airbus A330-300 service between Hong Kong and Perth to an A350-900. Thus, Perth becomes the fourth Australian city to be served by the next-generation airbus widebody aircraft from four foreign carriers. 

Cathay started using the A350-900 on Sunday, October 29 for its daily Perth-Hong Kong rotation as part of upgrading the services it offers. As a starter, the new jet offers more seats – 280 in total divided into 38 business, 28 premium economy and 214 economy, and better cabin assets, such as on-board wi-fi and the innovative “six-way” headrest designed to make it easier for passengers to sleep. The A330-300 previously used to Perth seated 251 passengers in three classes – 39 in business, 21 in premium economy and 191 in economy. 

The other reason for the carrier to switch to a bigger aircraft is the fact that it has used all available traffic rights for Hong Kong carriers to Australia’s four major airports in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, which stand at 70 flights a week. So, the only option for the airline to increase its passenger capacity is to utilize bigger planes.