Cathay Pacific A350XWB lands in Auckland

New Zealand’s Minister of Transport, the Honourable Simon Bridges (third from left), welcomes the first A350 aircraft to Auckland with (from left) Cathay Pacific Director Sales & Marketing Dane Cheng, Chief Pilot Airbus Gavin Haslemore, Senior Captain Colin Davis, Country Manager, New Zealand & Pacific Islands Mark Pirihi and General Manager Southwest Pacific Nelson Chin
New Zealand’s Minister of Transport, the Honourable Simon Bridges (third from left), welcomes the first A350 aircraft to Auckland with (from left) Cathay Pacific Director Sales & Marketing Dane Cheng, Chief Pilot Airbus Gavin Haslemore, Senior Captain Colin Davis, Country Manager, New Zealand & Pacific Islands Mark Pirihi and General Manager Southwest Pacific Nelson Chin (Source: Cathay Pacific Airways)

CX197, a Cathay Pacific A350-900 aircraft landed in Auckland from Hong Kong for the first time today. Under the helm of Cathay Pacific Chief Pilot (Airbus) Gavin Haslemore and his fellow Kiwi Senior Captain Colin Davis, the aircraft flew over Waitematā Harbour offering New Zealanders first look of the aircraft.

The Hong Kong flag carrier has been serving New Zealand for 33 years. The A350 replaces the A340-300 on the Auckland route.

Cathay Pacific A350-900 lands in Auckland (Source: Cathay Pacific Airways)
Cathay Pacific A350-900 lands in Auckland (Source: Cathay Pacific Airways)

Cathay Pacific has five A350 in its fleet today and expects to take delivery of a total of 22 by the end of 2017.

Auckland is the third long-haul destination served by the A350 after Düsseldorf and Gatwick. Other cities the A350 will be deployed to include Rome and Paris in the months ahead followed by Vancouver and Tel Aviv in March next year.

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