8 things to know about Cathay Pacific’s new A321neo

The newest member of our fleet offers the most enjoyable short-haul experience in the world. Here’s what you need to know:

More space, enhanced comfort, extraordinary entertainment features and an eco-friendly design: the new A321neo offers the best short-haul experience in the world – and it’s also kinder to the environment. Here are 8 reasons why you’ll love your next flight.

1. You’ll be flying in a new, improved plane

The A321neos are the most modern aircraft in the Airbus A320 family. This narrow-body, two-class aircraft sets new standards in comfort and technology, making regional travel as good as it gets. Six new planes will be joining Cathay Pacific’s fleet this year – and there are another 10 in the pipeline.

A side view of Cathay Pacific's new Airbus A321neo plane

2. They’re environmentally efficient

Our new A321neos are some of the most fuel-efficient aircraft in the sky, thanks to their CFM International LEAP-1A engines and their fuel-saving Sharklet wingtips (emblazoned, of course, with the iconic Cathay Pacific brushwing design). These features translate to a 22 per cent lower fuel burn per seat – or 5,000 tonnes less CO2 per year – as well as a 50 per cent reduction in noise for both passengers and at airports.

A view of the engine and wing sharklets of Cathay Pacific's new Airbus A321neo

3. You’ll fly in true comfort

Custom seats are designed to deliver the perfect short-haul experience. In Business, passengers can lounge in cutting-edge recliner seats, with new hard-shell designs and divider screens which offer maximum privacy. Meanwhile, Economy seats feature a generous recline, comfortable seat cushions and new adjustable headrests.

Business Class seats on Cathay Pacific's new Airbus A321neo

4. You’ll be able to watch 4K in the skies

Cathay Pacific is the first airline to bring 4K ultra-high-definition screens to every seat on the plane: a large 11.6 inches in Economy, and a mighty 15.6 inches in Business. But that would mean nothing without its vast entertainment library, which is one of the largest in the skies. This includes the largest collection of Chinese movies and subtitles on any airline, plus full box sets, documentaries, music, podcasts, guided meditations and more.

4K resolution screens in economy class on Cathay Pacific's new Airbus A321neo

5. Get plugged in – and go hands free

Cathay Pacific is the first airline to offer full Bluetooth audio connectivity* for passenger devices. Each seat also features both USB-A and USB-C to easily charge your devices, while Business seats also boast power outlets and noise-cancelling headphones.

The A321neos are also fitted with antennae to receive state-of-the-art satellite-based broadband – meaning you’ll get high-speed Wi-Fi connection* to browse and shop online.

*Progressively available across aircraft

A pair of Bose noise-cancelling headphones on offer in Business Class on Cathay Pacific's new Airbus A321neo

6. You’ll be in cutting-edge cabins

The modern cabin interiors feature larger overhead storage compartments, able to fit 60 per cent more bags than the A320 – so your luggage will never be far away. There’s thoughtful personal storage across the plane, with integrated tablet, cup and bottle holders for every seat, plus additional stowage in Business class. Coloured LED mood lighting sets the tone for a great flight, and an additional lavatory in Economy will reduce wait times for the pre-landing rush.

A pair of eyeglasses on the drop-down tablet holder on Cathay Pacific's new Airbus A321neo

7. You can fly with confidence

The brand new A321neos feature an improved ventilation system and rigorous cleaning and disinfecting measures. And with our Cathay Care commitment to your wellbeing, you can fly with the knowledge that we’ve enhanced our hygiene measures at every stage of your journey.

Cabin crew on Cathay Pacific's new Airbus A321neo

8. You’ll be able to explore all of Asia

The A321neos have a range of 7,400km – meaning that the whole of Asia is open to them. Stay tuned for a full destination list, coming soon.

Cathay Pacific's new Airbus A321neo plane at Hong Kong International Airport
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