Written on 4th January 2018

Cathay Pacific to launch Washington DC service with the Airbus A350-1000

Cathay Pacific will connect Hong Kong with the capital of the United States of America for the first time in late 2018.

The airline will commence a four-times-weekly service to Washington DC in September next year, which will complement its existing routes to the East Coast, including Boston and New York’s two main international airports – John F Kennedy and Newark Liberty.

The service to Dulles International Airport, which will become the longest on the Cathay Pacific network in terms of distance at 7,085 nautical miles (8,153 miles, 13,122 kilometres), will be operated by the all-new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.

A brand-new aircraft for a brand-new route

Cathay Pacific already has one of the youngest long-haul fleets in the sky – and with the arrival of the first of its 20 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft in the spring of next year, the fleet is only going to get younger.

Like the smaller A350-900, the A350-1000 brings together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies to provide improved fuel efficiency and a state-of-the-art travel experience for customers.

Both aircraft, which feature a three-class cabin comprising Business, Premium Economy and Economy classes, include the airline’s award-winning inflight products and cabin design and are equipped with an enhanced entertainment system and Wi-Fi connectivity.

These environmentally friendly aircraft will allow Cathay Pacific to open up new long-haul markets not otherwise served from Hong Kong in the years to come.

Details of the new Washington DC service from 15 September 2018 are as follows (all times local):

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation
CX 860 HKG IAD 1835/2220 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
CX 861 IAD HKG 0115/0510+1 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday


Source: Cathay Pacific