Sept 14, 2017: Cathay Pacific Airways, the flag carrier of Hong Kong, with its head office and main hub located at Hong Kong International Airport has finalised an order with Airbus for 32 A321neo single-aisle aircraft. The aircraft will be operated by Cathay Dragon, the regional carrier of the Group, on services linking its Hong Kong home base with destinations across Asia. The purchase agreement firms up an MOU announced last month.
The new A321neo aircraft will replace and modernise Cathay Dragon’s present in-service fleet of 15 A320s and eight A321s, with the additional aircraft. The Cathay Dragon network at present covers 56 Asian destinations, including 28 in mainland China.
Cathay Dragon is an all-Airbus operator, with a current fleet of 23 A320 Family aircraft and 24 widebody A330-300s. In addition, Cathay Pacific operates 37 A330-300s, making the Group the largest A330 operator in the Asia-Pacific region. Cathay Pacific also operates the all-new long haul A350 XWB, with 18 A350-900s already in service. The carrier has another 30 A350 XWBs on order for future delivery, including the A350-900 and larger A350-1000.