Featuring upgraded Regional Business Class seats and 4K ultra-HD screens, the aircraft will debut on short-haul routes next month.
Cathay Pacific’s brand-new Airbus A321neo aircraft will enter into commercial service on August 4 with a maiden flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Throughout the rest of next month, Cathay will deploy the aircraft on its services to Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Kaohsiung, and Taipei.
Cathay Pacific has already taken delivery of four A321neos, and will receive another two during the second half of 2021. By the end of 2023, the carrier will have a total of 16 A321neos in its fleet.
Cathay’s newly designed Regional Business Class seat is due to make its first appearance on these A321neos. The hard-shell recliner seat comes with divider screens for extra privacy, and also features a 15.6-inch 4K Ultra-HD personal TV screen. Meanwhile, the Economy Class seats feature 11.6-inch 4K personal TV screens along with a generous recline, comfortable seat cushions and new adjustable headrests. The aircraft has a total capacity of 202 passengers, with 12 seated in business class and 190 in economy.
With its A321neo, Cathay Pacific will become the first airline in the world to provide 4K ultra-high-definition screens, a 4K video-on-demand experience, as well as Bluetooth audio streaming to be rolled out progressively across all cabins. Customers will be able to watch 4K Hollywood blockbusters using their own Bluetooth-enabled headphones on Cathay flights.
In addition, the A321neo will have a new and enhanced content selection providing one of the largest libraries of movies and TV shows available on regional single-aisle aircraft. And with high-speed Wi-Fi set to be introduced on board, customers will soon be able to catch up on emails or stay in touch with friends and family even in the air. For even more convenience, new extra-large overhead storage bins in all cabins will provide 60 percent more space for passengers to stow their carry-on luggage.
From an environmental standpoint, these A321neos are also more efficient than ever before. Thanks to their elegant winglets and advanced LEAP engines, they deliver a 22 percent reduction in CO2 emissions on a per-seat basis when compared to previous A321 aircraft. They are also quieter, creating almost 15 percent less noise than existing aircraft.
Cathay Pacific’s CEO Augustus Tang said in a statement, “We’re incredibly excited to see our next-generation A321neo take to the skies for the first time next month as we continue to add more passenger services in the region. The single-aisle A321neo is the newest addition to our fleet and has been designed and fitted with an array of new features that offer the most enjoyable short-haul experience in the world to our customers. We look forward to deploying A321neos on more regional routes and welcoming customers on board.”
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