Cathay Pacific adding more flights to Brisbane from December

The Oneworld member is ramping up its connections to the Sunshine State, while also eyeing a boost to other cities.

By Chris Ashton, August 9 2023
Cathay Pacific adding more flights to Brisbane from December

Cathay Pacific’s distinctive livery is primed to be an increasingly common sight at the gates of Brisbane by the year’s end, with the Hong Kong-based carrier upping its weekly flights to the Queensland capital from four to six from December 1.

Taking wing on the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER, fitted with 40 comfortable lie-flat seats in business class, CX156 will depart Brisbane in the wee hours of the morning at 00:55am every Friday to Wednesday, arriving into Hong Kong at 07:30am.

On the return, CX157 waves goodbye to Hong Kong at 1:10pm, touching down in Brisbane at 11:35pm the same day. It’s more or less the same schedule currently in play.

Onboard, the Boeing 777-300 features 40 flatbed business class seats, each with a wraparound shell, 15-inch entertainment screen and extensive IFE selection, followed by 32 seats in premium economy.

The airlines’ next 777 business class suite – dubbed ‘Aria’ – is set to roll out on aircraft from mid-2024, with a first glimpse of the sliding door-fitted sanctuary revealed earlier this week.

Cathay’s boosted Brisbane schedule is made possible through Queensland’s $200 million Attracting Aviation Investment Fund. To date, over 20 flights have been made possible through the fund, which is jointly supported by the Queensland Government and the state’s international airport.

Beyond the Sunshine State capital, the Oneworld member is steadily rebuilding its Australian presence, with Perth also earmarked for a flight increase from December 6, when its current thrice-weekly service swells to five times a week.

In addition to boosted flights between Hong Kong and the West Australian capital, the Oneworld member has also flagged an aircraft change, switching from the Airbus A350 to the Boeing 777 – a decision sure to receive a mixed response from its Perth-based flyers.

Elsewhere in Australia, Cathay Pacific currently has 19 flights per week to Sydney and 16 per week to Melbourne, with both of these primed for an increase from the end of this year.

25 Feb 2015

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Any known reason CX still hasn’t reinstated flights to Adelaide amongst all this?

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09 May 2013

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They (HKG) were very late to reopening, so CX had to wait longer to activate all their aircrafts. Since they joined late, the reactivation process pushed them behind many other carriers in getting them air worthy. Their network is still very limited. However, as reported, i believe they would have all their aircraft up and flying before end of 2024, which means Adelaide may get its connection sometime early or mid next year.

You gotta give them time. I would rather increase frequency on few routes, than spread thin on many routes.

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