Flew DUB-HKG-AKL-HKG on the A350-941 and HKG-MAN on the 1000 over the Christmas/New Year period. Flew premium economy. The increased seating is the only real noticeable difference on board. Very similar experience to the B787 but lacks the adjustable windows which is a pain as during the totally daylight flight Auckland to Hong Kong, the crew were very fussy about having blinds closed - no good for the circadian rhythm. At least on the 787 with the windows dark you can still see daylight. The descent into MAN was interesting. Crossed the coast near Sunderland at 40,000 ft. Top of descent was 21 minutes from touchdown, probably the steepest descent I've had on a commercial flight in 57 years of flying round the world. Flight to MAN was full.
Cathay have announced the suspension of their 4x weekly Dublin service amongst a raft of service downgrades which it is blaming on the current trouble in Hong Kong. Flew on this service last December and whilst Cathay were at their excellent best, the flight was less than half full so the current troubles may not be the whole story. As no mention is made of the Manchester service, Dublin connections should benefit as timings both ways are good
Cathay Pacific Sep 2020 Manchester inventory changes as of 12AUG20
By Jim Liu
Posted13 August 2020 04:00
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Cathay Pacific in recent inventory update filed changes for Hong Kong – Manchester route, scheduled in September 2020. Latest inventory adjustment sees only 7 round-trip flights available for reservation, while the rest of the dates are not available for booking. The oneWorld member previously scheduled 3 weekly flights with Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft in September.
Available dates for reservation in September includes: 01 (MAN departure on 02SEP20 as one-time variation), 03, 06, 20, 22, 27, 29.