Hong Kong-based Airline Cathay Pacific has today announced that they will be flying their new state of the art A350-900 aircraft to Brisbane from March 2017. This will be the airline’s second Australian destination which will see the new aircraft after Melbourne.

The aircraft will be operating the CX156/157 service which is currently operated by an A330-300. CX157 leaves Hong Kong at 1245 and arrives into Brisbane at 23:15, CX156 leaves Brisbane at 01:55 and arrives into Hong Kong at 07:35 daily.

Cathay Pacific A350
Cathay Pacific A350

Regarding the cabins, passengers will notice the seats and cabin are fresh and much newer, but the hard products haven’t been hugely upgraded and are nearly identical to their A330 and 777.

Cathay’s A350’s house 38 Business class seats which are in the Reverse Herringbone configuration and they are designed by Zodiac Aerospace.

Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class
Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class

I have heard the only downside is the head privacy screen is a little smaller than the 777.

Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class
Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class

The IFE has also been updated and has a larger screen and more content. WIFI is also equipped on the A350.

Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class
Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class

The airline has also fitted 28 new Premium Economy seats onboard in a 2-4-2 configuration.

Cathay Pacific A350 Premium Economy
Cathay Pacific A350 Premium Economy

Lastly, Cathay has fitted 214 of their new Economy class seats which have a pretty interesting headrest.

Cathay Pacific A350 Economy Class
Cathay Pacific A350 Economy Class

 

Cathay Pacific A350 Economy Class
Cathay Pacific A350 Economy Class

 

Cathay Pacific A350 Economy Class
Cathay Pacific A350 Economy Class

The headrest is quite different to what we’ve seen before and looks pretty comfortable.

How can I fly this with points?

There are few great ways you can fly Cathay’s new A350 to or from Brisbane with points.

  1. Asia Miles – Asia Miles charge 45,000 miles roundtrip in Economy, 54,000 miles roundtrip in Premium Economy and 80,000 in Business Class.
  2. Alaska Milage Plan – Alaska Milage Plan charge 30,000 miles roundtrip in Economy, 45,000 miles roundtrip in Premium Economy and 60,000 miles roundtrip in Business Class.
  3. American Airlines Aadvantage – American Airlines AAdvantage charge 60,000 miles roundtrip in Economy and 80,000 miles in Business Class.
  4. Qantas – Qantas charge 70,000 miles roundtrip in Economy, 105,000 miles in Premium Economy and 130,000 miles in Business Class.

If you would like to see a review of Cathay Pacific Business Class here is a link – Cathay Business Class Review. The review is off the 777 but the soft products and seats give you a good idea of what you can expect when flying the A350.