Toulouse - Airbus completed the assembly and painting of the second A350-1000, which will be delivered to Cathay Pacific next spring. After Qatar Airways, the Asian airline will become the second operator of the new long-haul .
On February 7, Airbus shared a photo of the A350-1000 (MSN118) on its Twitter account. The fully assembled aircraft without its Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines already carries the Cathay Pacific's livery.
The delivery of the aircraft is scheduled just before the summer season starts, said the Hong Kong-based company a few weeks ago.
The A350-1000 will have a tri-class configuration for 334 passengers, including 46 in Business, 32 in Premium and 256 in Economy.
After amending its order in September 2017, Cathay Pacific now expects a total of 20 A350-1000 by 2021. The company will receive 79 new aircraft by 2024 of different types to renew its fleet.
Current orders also include 21 Boeing 777X and 32 Airbus A321neo for the Cathay Dragon, the regional subsidiary.
The A350-1000 will be used on the Cathay Pacific's long-haul network. Washington was announced as the first destination from September 15, 2018.
After getting its EASA and FAA type certification last November, the A350-1000 entered service on February 24 at the Qatar Airways on the Doha-London Heathrow line.
To date, the A350-1000 registered 169 firm orders from 12 customers across the world: Air Caraibes (3), Air Lease Corporation (9), Asiana Airlines (10), British Airways (18), Cathay Pacific (20), Etihad Airways (22), Iran Air (16), Japan Airlines (13), LATAM Airlines Group (12), Qatar Airways (37), Virgin Atlantic (8) and an unidentified buyer (1).