Hong Kong - On September 16, Cathay Pacific has started scheduled flights between Hong Kong and Washington DC. The route is the first regular ultra-long-haul line served by an Airbus A350-1000.

The flight departed from Hong Kong on Saturday evening at 7:30 pm and arrived in the American capital after a more than fifteen hours flight (8077 nautical miles).

Cathay Pacific is the second airline to fly with the A350-1000, after Qatar Airways. However, the Doha-based Gulf operator deploys its largest twinjet on the reasonably shorter routes only from Doha to Frankfurt, London Heathrow, and Kuwait.

From December 1st this year, the A350-1000 will replace the Boeing 777-300ER on the HongKong - Amsterdam route.

The A350-1000 of the Cathay Pacific accommodates up to 334 passengers - 46 in Business, 32 in Premium Economy and 256 in the Economy Class, 54 more seats in total than the A350-900, the smaller variant of the A350 family.