Cathay Pacific flies their ‘technology advanced’ A350-900 to Dublin

Cathay Pacific Dublin Flights
Date Posted: 10/06/2018

Earlier this month, on the 2nd of June 2018 Cathay Pacific celebrated the first non-stop service between Dublin (DUB) and Hong Kong (HKG). This new route is the airlines third European service to commence in 2018, following on from the direct flights to Brussels that commenced in March and Copenhagen which began in May. Bringing the Hong Kong based airlines European destination tally grow to fifteen destinations. The addition of the Dublin flights maintains Cathay Pacific commitment to providing its customers with greater connection options, and having the flexibility to both its business and leisure passengers.

Those lucky customers travelling on flight CX306 was operated by the airlines technology advanced Airbus A350-900 aircraft, B-LRI was the registration. Prior to the departure passengers enjoyed a special commemorative ceremony to celebrate the launch with refreshments and a traditional Chinese lion dance performance. For those passengers on the flight they also received a personalised flight certificate to celebrate their support for the first flight, as well as a gift pack filled with exciting exclusively selected items.

Inaugural flight to Hong Kong (Image: Cathay Pacific)

The flight departed Dublin at 1150hrs (IST), five minutes ahead of schedule. 280 passengers were seated on-board across the three class configuration aircraft. With 38 passengers seated in the Business Class cabin, 28 in Premium Economy and 214 passengers in their spacious economy seats. It wasn’t just passengers and their luggage on this maiden flight, over 15 tonnes of Irish cargo bound for many different Asian destinations was loaded onto the aircraft.

Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison said “This is a historic and momentous day for Dublin Airport and Ireland”

Cathay Pacific General Manager Europe James Ginns said “We’re delighted that Ireland’s first and only non-stop flight to Hong Kong has been well-received by our customers. Our team is thrilled to be able have a role in fostering bilateral tourism and economic growth between Ireland and Asia. We feel confident that this new route will continue to bring more convenience and choice to the Irish public and optimise opportunities for Irish businesses.”

Cathay Pacific chose Ian McGuiness as the flight commander, as you can tell by his surname he is as Irish as the emerald isle. Mr McGuiness said “I’m happy to be able to operate this very first service between my between my home town of Ireland and my adopted city of Hong Kong. I grew up in Ireland and have lived in Hong Kong for the past 17 years. Both places are vibrant and dynamic, and I’m pleased that customers can now enjoy a direct link to explore the beauty and culture of my abodes that I have grown to know and love.

The flight operates on a four day flight schedule. Departing Dublin every Monday, Wednesday. Thursday and Saturday. Arriving into Hong Kong the following day at 7am.

The schedule helps customers maximise their business day as well as optimising the next day and getting the most out of it. Passengers can also seamlessly connect to more than 80 destinations in Asia-Pacific via their Hong Kong hub.

Cathay Pacific’s new Dublin service compliments its codeshare flights from Shannon, Cork and Belfast to London Heathrow, where Cathay Pacific operates up to 35 flights per week to Hong Kong.

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