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16 September 2010
Commercial Aircraft

Cathay Pacific Airways firms up order for 30 A350 XWBs

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04 August 2010

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Cathay Pacific Airways announced today that it has selected the A350-900 to form the backbone of its future mid-size widebody fleet, following the signature of a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Airbus for the order of 30 aircraft. (4 August 2010)

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16 September 2010

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HKG0 20100916 HONG KONG, HONG KONG : Tony Tyler (left), CE of Cathay Pacific Airways, and John Leahy, COO-Customers of Airbus, are shown after signing a purchase agreement for 30 Airbus A350-900XWB (Extra Wide Body) aircraft in Hong Kong on Thursday, 16 September, 2010. The aircraft is capable of flying over 8,000 nautical miles non-stop, and will enable Cathay Pacific to operate it across it's route network., Cathay Pacific Airways’ purchase agreement for 30 A350 XWBs is finalised in Hong Kong by the airline’s Chief Executive Tony Tyler (left) and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers (16 September 2010)

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Summary

Benchmark endorsement for all-new aircraft's efficiency and comfort

Cathay Pacific Airways has firmed up a previously announced commitment for 30 all-new ­A350 XWB long range aircraft. The purchase agreement was finalised in Hong Kong today by Tony Tyler, Chief Executive, Cathay Pacific Airways and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus. The aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.
Cathay Pacific will operate the A350 XWB across its route network, principally on non-stop services to Europe. Featuring an all-new design, the aircraft will represent a step change in operational efficiency, burning significantly less fuel than existing aircraft of a similar size and offering a corresponding reduction in carbon emissions. For passengers, the extra wide cabin will offer the highest standards in in-flight comfort, with a spacious interior design, new, wider windows and the latest state-of-the-art amenities.
Mr Tyler said: “I am delighted that we have now finalised this milestone deal for Cathay Pacific. The purchase of these new generation aircraft is an important step in our plan to grow our fleet to ensure that we stay at the forefront of the industry. The A350 fits perfectly into our operation. Its passenger capacity, flight range and operating economics are just right to become the backbone of our mid-sized long haul wide-bodied fleet."
“We are extremely pleased to have finalised this order with one of the world's most prestigious and well-managed airlines," said John Leahy. "The selection of the A350 XWB by Cathay Pacific is a clear endorsement of the aircraft’s compelling advantages over the competing product, with lower  fuel-burn, reduced operating costs and a wider, more comfortable cabin. We look forward to the aircraft playing a key role in enabling Cathay to remain at the forefront of the industry with one of the cleanest and most modern fleets in the world."
The A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) Family is an all-new mid-size long range product line comprising three basic passenger versions seating between 270 and 350 passengers in typical three-class layouts. Scheduled for entry-into-service in 2013, the A350 Family is already one of most successful aircraft programmes ever, with a total of 558 firm orders already received from 34 customers worldwide.
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Cathay Pacific Airways announced today that it has selected the A350-900 to form the backbone of its future mid-size widebody fleet, following the signature of a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Airbus for the order of 30 aircraft. (4 August 2010)

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