Cathay Pacific Adds Flights To Boston & To Vancouver

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Cathay Pacific has announced that it plans to increase the number of flights it offers between Hong Kong and Boston and between Hong Kong and Vancouver from Spring 2017. This is a significant step for the Hong Kong based carrier which has been plagued with issues over the past few years resulting in the airline scaling back some of its route plans.

Cathay Pacific Hong Kong – Boston Route

Cathay Pacific commenced service to Hong Kong in May 2015 and had planned to ramp up the frequencies on the route from 4 to 7 per week in 2016. Thanks to various labor issues the extra flights never materialised but now Cathay Pacific is saying that Boston will be getting a daily service from Hong Kong staring in March 2017.

From 26 March 2017 this is the planned Cathay Pacific Hong Kong – Boston schedule:

CX812 HKG 18:20 – 22:10 BOS (Daily)
CX811 BOS 01:45 – 05:35+1 day HKG (Daily)

The route will continue to be served by Cathay’s 777-300ER aircraft which offer the full range of the airline’s cabins:

  • 6 First Class seats
  • 53 Business Class seats
  • 34 Premium Economy Seats
  • 182 Economy Class seats

Cathay Pacific New Premium Economy SeatCathay Pacific New Premium Economy Seats

While most people focus on the excellent Premium Cabin products that Cathay Pacific offers, it’s worth noting that the airline offers one of the best Economy Class options between the US and Asia.

With a seat pitch of 32″ and an amazingly generous (by today’s standards) 18.5″ of seat width, Cathay Pacific’s 777-300ER would probably be my aircraft of choice if I had to fly across the Pacific in Economy.

It’s Premium Economy product isn’t exactly shabby either and you’ll find more info if you follow this link.

Cathay Pacific Hong Kong – Vancouver Route

From 28 March 2016 Cathay Pacific is increasing the number of weekly flights between Hong Kong and Vancouver from 14 to 17 and it’s doing so in style – the airline is bringing its A350 aircraft to Canada’s west coast.

The schedule is already loaded (as you can see from the ExpertFlyer screenshot below……

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…and the A350 will operate the route on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Cathay Pacific A350Cathay Pacific A350

The planned schedule is as follows:

CX856 HKG 11:00 – 07:55 YVR (Tue, Thu, Sat)
CX855 YVR 09:25 – 13:45+1 day HKG (Tue, Thu, Sat)

The Cathay Pacific A350 doesn’t come with a First Class cabin so this won’t be too much use to anyone looking to use their Alaska Miles in one of the best ways possible….but in a lot of other ways this is excellent news.

The A350 comes with 38 of Cathay’s new Business Class seats so, not only will Vancouver be getting the new aircraft with the new premium cabin product, but the route will now also offer 114 more Business Class seats in each direction each week…and that can only be a good thing.

I’m scheduled to fly in the Business Class cabin of the A350 later this month so I’ll be posting a full review soon after that flight.

Check out this post for more information on where Cathay Pacific is flying it’s A350 aircraft.

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Bottom Line

I’m really happy to see Cathay Pacific expanding these routes because, hopefully, this signifies an end (or at least the beginning of the end) to some of the issues the airline has faced over the past couple of years. Cathay is still one of the very best airlines in the world and, from a purely selfish point of view, I want to see the airline doing well so that it stays around in its current form allowing me to put my points & miles balances to great use….as I will be this month 🙂