Cathay Pacific seems to be doing well with its Gatwick service, with the airline announcing it is to operate the route daily from the 1st June 2017
Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900, Image – Cathay Pacific
The route is currently operated four times a week between Hong Kong and London Gatwick – which adds extra capacity between the two cities with an Airbus A350-900
Currently, the route is booked for operation on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Cathay Pacific operates a five times a day to Heathrow, along with frequencies operated by its oneworld partner British Airways. In terms of competition, Virgin Atlantic competes with the two airlines on this route.
Currently Cathay Pacific is unchallenged between London Gatwick and Hong Kong.
It seems the service which was started as an after-thought, and a way to get passengers to the London region early has turned into something Cathay Pacific can work with as a profitable route.
Meanwhile, the airlines Manchester to Hong Kong service will be up-rated – operating five times a week with an Airbus A350-900, replacing the existing service operated by a Boeing 777-300ER.
Cathay Pacific operate their A350-900s in a three class configuration
- 38 Business Class seats configured in 1-2-1
- 28 Premium Economy seats configured in 2-4-2
- 214 Economy Class seats configured in 3-3-3
- Total amount of seats: 280
It’s a good move for Cathay as they increase their connectivity to the United Kingdom.
Hopefully the airline will be eyeing up other opportunities as they present themselves, and introduce new connectivity.
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