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Cathay Pacific’s A350-1000 completes maiden test flight, free city tours for Turkish Airlines passengers in transit, and more.

Photo: Cathay Pacific.

Maiden test flight for Cathay Pacific’s A350-1000

Ahead of its scheduled delivery this June, the first of Cathay Pacific’s 20 new Airbus A350-1000s has completed its maiden test flight at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France. The latest variant in the A350 family, the aircraft will serve Cathay’s new new nonstop service from Hong Kong to Washington, D.C. starting September 15, which is also the longest route in the carrier’s network. Compared to the existing A350-900s deployed by Cathay, this new aircraft is seven meters longer and comes with eight more business-class seats than its predecessor (46 in total), four additional premium economy seats (32 total), as well as 42 more economy seats (256 total).

More information here.

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul.

Transiting Turkish Airlines passengers can enjoy free city tours

Turkish Airlines is offering five free city tours every day for those transiting through Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport with a six- to 24-hour layover. After going through passport control for their connecting flight, transit passengers can sign up for Touristanbul at the hotel desk in the International Arrivals Terminal. Some of the tours include visits to Dolmabahçe Palace, the Walls of Constantine, Topkapı Palace, the Grand Bazaar, Old Book Market, and the Blue Mosque.

More information here.

Photo: Airbus A321neo aircraft

A first look at Philippine Airlines’ new Airbus A321neo business-class seats

Philippine Airlines has launched new business-class seat products for its Airbus A321neo aircraft. These seats will also be outfitted on the airline’s A350 aircraft in the middle of 2018 on upcoming flights to New York and London. So far, the carrier has revealed that the new business-class seats will be laid out in a 2-2 format, with seats angled away from the aisle and toward the windows. All 12 of the seats also recline to fully flat beds.

Photo: Airbus A350-900 seats.

Passengers will be able to enjoy these seats when they debut on Philippine Airlines’ Manila-Brisbane route from July 2 onwards when the airline replaces the A340 aircraft that currently flies the route with the new A321neo.

More information here.

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