FARNBOROUGH: Cathay first to order revamped A350-1000

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Cathay Pacific has become the first carrier to order the Airbus A350-1000 since the twinjet underwent a substantial redesign last year.

The Hong Kong-based operator is already a customer for the A350-900.

Sixteen of these will convert to -1000s. Ten new -1000s will be ordered, giving Cathay 26 of the largest A350 version.

It will also have 20 -900s.

Cathay says it is "effectively" the first customer for the jet.

Airbus overhauled the -1000 last year to increase its range. Four other carriers had ordered the type before the redesign.

All A350-1000s will be powered exclusively by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.