Some links to products and travel providers on this website will earn Traveling For Miles a commission which helps contribute to the running of the site – I’m very grateful to anyone who uses these links but their use is entirely optional. The compensation does not impact how and where products appear on this site and does not impact reviews that are published. For more details please see the advertising disclosure found at the bottom of every page
Cathay Pacific used Twitter the other day to tease us about a possible new route to the US and now the airline has revealed exactly what that new route will be.
A number of the routes included in the teaser seemed unlikely (I never thought Salt Lake City, Austin or Denver were in the running) but a number were also plausible (Honolulu, Seattle & Dallas) so it wasn’t automatically obvious where Cathay planned to fly next.
It turns out that the answer in Seattle and I have to admit to being a little surprised.
First the route news….
Cathay Pacific plans to commence non-stop service between Hong Kong and Seattle from 31 March 2019.
The route will be operated 4x/week on the following schedule:
CX858 HKG 23:55 – 21:00 SEA (Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)
CX857 SEA 01:05 – 05:25+1 day HKG (Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun)
Cathay Pacific will operate this route using its Airbus A350-900 Aircraft (Business Class reviewed here) which offers the following cabin configuration:
- 38 Business Class seats
- 28 Premium Economy seats
- 214 Economy Class seats
The Business Class cabin is set out in a 1-2-1 layout (all seats have direct aisle access) and the seats are very similar to the ones you’ll find on American Airlines 777-300ER aircraft.
I’m going to call it now – I don’t think this route will work for Cathay Pacific.
As things stand Delta is the only airline which offers a non-stop service between Hong Kong and Seattle and this service is being discontinued – if Delta can’t make this route work I can’t see what Cathay brings to the table that will change anything.
Delta has a very strong presence in Seattle and it has its whole US network to funnel passengers to and from the Seattle – Hong Kong route but still the route didn’t work for it…so what’s Cathay Pacific going to do?
It’s true to say that Cathay has a relationship with Alaska Airlines (whose home is in Seattle) but Alaska Airlines is not Delta (its route network is considerably more limited) so I can’t see this helping Cathay Pacific all that much.
On a positive note this new route means that flyers should have a new option on which to use their Alaska and American Airlines miles (50,000/70,000 miles each way in Business Class)….let’s just hope Cathay actually opens up some award space so we can try it out!
Featured image: Cathay Pacific