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Cathay Group orders up to 32 additional A320neo family aircraft

Cathay Pacific, which is in the midst of modernising its fleet, has placed an order with Airbus for up to 32 additional A320neo family aircraft.

New order

The Cathay Pacific group, comprising of Cathay Pacific and HK Express, has placed an order for up to 32 A320neo and A321neo aircraft, as the airline continues to invest in expanding and modernising its fleet.

These aircraft are scheduled to be delivered by 2029, and will join the fleets of Cathay Pacific and HK Express, principally serving destinations in the Chinese Mainland and elsewhere in Asia. This will bring the Group’s new aircraft deliveries to up to more than 70.

We are committed to investing in the long-term future of the Group and the Hong Kong international aviation hub, which is expected to grow exponentially with the operation of the Three-Runway System. These aircraft models have been serving Cathay Pacific and HK Express well, allowing us to strengthen the expansion of our Chinese Mainland and regional network for our customers.

said Ronald Lam, Chief Executive Officer, Cathay Group.

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HK Express A321neo. Photo: Cathay Pacific

The Group has already taken delivery of 13 of its initial order for 32 A321neos that it placed in 2017. This intention to purchase will add up to another 32 single-aisle Airbus aircraft to the Group’s fleet.

As we strive towards achieving our vision of becoming one of the world’s greatest service brands, we remain committed to continuously investing in our customer experience. These aircraft feature the latest technological enhancements to provide a quieter, more comfortable and more fuel-efficient journey for our customers.

added Ronald.

The A320neo family aircraft were originally intended for Cathay Dragon, which was a subsidiary of Cathay Pacific. Cathay Dragon was merged with Cathay Pacific during the pandemic and as a result, the latter is now operating narrow-body aircraft. The A320neo family aircraft are mainly used for short and medium-haul flights in Asia.

Cathay Pacific was one of the hardest hit airlines during the pandemic. Hong Kong was one of the last to re-open and as a result, the airline’s recovery has been very small. But the airline is finally seeing light at the end of a long tunnel and is recovering well.

Featured image by Cathay Pacific

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