Cathay Pacific introduces new A350 on Manchester route


From this Friday 2 June, passengers travelling with Cathay Pacific from Manchester Airport will be able to enjoy the airline’s state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 on its hugely popular route to Hong Kong.

With Manchester becoming Cathay Pacific’s second route in the UK, after Gatwick, to receive the technologically-advanced aircraft, the airline is also increasing its frequency to meet customer demand.

The only airline in the North West to provide a non-stop service connecting Manchester and Hong Kong,passengers flying with Cathay Pacific will also benefit from one additional flight per week from 2 June – an increase to five times weekly (previously four times a week).  It will then move to a daily service from 1 December 2017.

Replacing Cathay Pacific’s Boeing 777-300ER which has operated on the Manchester route since it first launched in December 2014, the new A350 features the airline’s latest products in Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class for those travelling from the North West to Hong Kong.

In addition to the latest seats and an enhanced inflight entertainment system, the aircraft is Wi-Fi equipped, meaning passengers can stay connected throughout their journey – encapsulating Cathay Pacific’s brand promise of a “Life Well Travelled”.

Paul Cruttenden, Cathay Pacific’s Marketing & Digital Sales Manager in the UK, commented: “We are delighted to be introducing our state-of-the-art A350-900 aircraft to our popular Manchester route whilst upping the frequency to five times weekly.

This demonstrates Cathay Pacific’s commitment to offering increased convenience and superior in-flight products for our customers travelling to Hong Kong from the North West region. Furthermore, the brand new aircraft provides even more reasons to choose Cathay Pacific and enjoy a life truly well-travelled.

“The enhanced schedule provides business and leisure travellers in the North West with more choice and greater flexibility in planning their trips.  The airline serves over 190 destinations via Hong Kong International Airport, including 22 destinations within mainland China with convenient connection times of around 50 minutes to key business hubs such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou when travelling from Manchester.  We also offer the fastest flight between Manchester and the key Australian destination of Sydney, taking just 22:10 hours.”

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Stephen Turner, Commercial Director at Manchester Airport, said: “It is incredibly pleasing to see Cathay Pacific upgrade its aircraft to the A350. This ultra-modern and efficient aircraft is a clear commitment to providing the best service to passengers from the North.

“In just a few years the Hong Kong route is performing extremely positively and allows the 22m people in our catchment area easy, direct access to Hong Kong and beyond.

“It continues to unlock economic opportunities and trade between the two regions and I am sure the newer aircraft and additional frequency will be welcomed by business and leisure passengers alike.”

The flight schedule for Cathay Pacific’s Manchester (MAN) service from 2 June onwards will be as follows (all times local):

Manchester (MAN) effective 2 June 2017

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation
CX357 HKG MAN 0100/0650 Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
CX358 MAN HKG 1225/0705+1 Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat

Note: Flight number and schedule may change without prior notice.

The flight then moves to a daily service from 1 December 2017 (all times local):

Manchester Airport (MAN) effective 1 December 2017

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation
CX357 HKG MAN 0110/0620 Daily
CX358 MAN HKG 1155/0730+1 Daily


Details of the new additional services can also be found in the Flight Timetable under the Travel Information section at

From June, Cathay Pacific will operate a total of 47 non-stop flights per week between the UK and Hong Kong seeing Heathrow offering five flights daily, Gatwick moving daily and Manchester providing five flights weekly.  By December 2017, frequency will further increase to provide a choice of 49 flights weekly, as Manchester joins Gatwick to offer a daily flight.