Airline News: Scoot and Cathay Pacific

Budget carrier Scoot adds a second European destination, while Cathay gets its first A350-1000.

Inside the glass dome of Berlin’s Reichstag building, home of the German Parliament. Photo: bearinthenorth/Pixabay

Scoot launches flights to Berlin

Just a year after launching its Athens service, the low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines now counts the German capital as its second European destination. The inaugural flight of Scoot’s four-times-weekly nonstop service to Berlin left Singapore around 12:25 a.m. on Wednesday (June 20), and was greeted by a water cannon salute on arrival at Berlin Tegel Airport at 7:20 a.m. local time. Unlike short-haul Scoot flights around Southeast Asia, passengers flying the route will find themselves onboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with inflight Wi-Fi and ScooTV entertainment streamed to their own devices.

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Cathay Pacific’s first A350-1000 touches down in Hong Kong

Wednesday (June 20) also saw the arrival of the A350’s latest variant at Chek Lap Kok after a 12-hour flight from the Airbus delivery center in Toulouse, France. Of the 19 other A350-1000s ordered by Cathay Pacific so far, another seven will be delivered this year with the remainder slated to be ready by 2021. Come July 1, Cathay will introduce the brand-new aircraft on services to Taipei – the busiest destination in its regional network – before using them for nonstop flights to Washington, D.C. on September 15. In Europe and the Middle East, the A350-1000s will serve Madrid, Amsterdam, Zurich, Manchester, and Tel Aviv starting this winter.

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