Cathay Pacific’s First A350 Arrives in Hong Kong
All delivery flights will use a 10% blend of biofuel
Hong Kong, May 30, 2016: After a12-hour-flight on a 10% biofuel blend, Cathay Pacific Airways’ first Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft arrived at Hong Kong International Airport from Toulouse, France on Sunday, 29 May. It is the first of 48 A350s scheduled to be delivered to the airline. Cathay held a special event in the hangars of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO) at Hong Kong International Airport today (30 May) to give an exclusive preview of the new arrival to aviation and trade officials, key business partners, members of the Marco Polo Club loyalty program and guests from the Hong Kong public
The newly delivered A350-900XWB employs innovative technology and design which improves not only passenger comfort but also the efficiency, effectiveness and overall performance of the aircraft. Its state-of-the-art design, together with the latest generation of engines and the use of advanced construction materials – including carbon fiber composites – deliver a 25% improvement in operating costs overall when compared to previous-generation aircraft.
Powered by the latest technology Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, the A350 is the quietest among the aircraft types in its class and also 25% more fuel efficient. As part of the Cathay Pacific Group’s ongoing support for the commercialization of sustainable aviation biofuels, all the airline’s A350-900 aircraft – including the first delivery – are being flown from Toulouse using fuel containing a 10% blend of biofuel.
Source: Cathay Pacific