Airbus A321neo enters service at Cathay Pacific


Cathay Pacific deployed on Wednesday for the first time in commercial service an Airbus A321neo, between Hong Kong and Shanghai.

One of the Chinese company’s four A321neo out of sixteen ordered, the one registered B-HPG, operated on August 4, 2021 a rotation between its base in Hong Kong-Chek Lap Kok and the Shanghai-Pudong airport, with a number of unknown to passengers on board (its load factor since the start of the year has remained below 20%). Unveiled last December in its new livery, the remotorized single-aisle initially intended for its now-defunct regional subsidiary Cathay Dragon is equipped with Leap 1A engines and configured to accommodate 12 passengers in Business class and 190 in Economy (202 seats in total).

Cathay Pacific last month presented the interior fittings of its A321neo, marked by the new “regional” business class seat: this next-generation hard-shell reclining seat “offers a cocoon feel with divider screens for maximum privacy , while the 15.6-inch 4K Ultra-HD personal displays deliver an incredible in-flight entertainment experience ”. At the same time, the Economy Class seats feature 11.6-inch 4K screens « with generous recline, comfortable seat cushions and new adjustable headrests. » Bluetooth is gradually being installed for audio streaming.


“There will always be competition, but with the introduction of this product, we think this is a great testament to our continued investment in the customer experience. I think it will be the most pleasant experience on regional flights, ”Vivian Lo Wing-yee, general manager of customer experience and design of Cathay, said in the South China Morning Post during the presentation of the ‘device.

The Oneworld alliance company already has one A320 (8 + 156) and five A321 (24 + 148); the remainder of its fleet of 176 aircraft includes 39 Airbus A330s and 42 A350s, and twenty Boeing 747s and 65,777.

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