Cathay Pacific celebrates Madrid route launch


Cathay Pacific is providing faster, more efficient connections to Europe with the launch of its new four-times-weekly service from Hong Kong to Madrid, Spain.

Operated on a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted out with the airline’s award-winning Business Class, Premium Economy, and long-haul Economy Class seats, the service, which commenced at the start of last month, will operate on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

To celebrate the new route, the airline has teamed up with The Langham, Hong Kong to create a new inflight menu for Business Class passengers, featuring a range of authentic Spanish dishes specially designed by the hotel’s Executive Chef Pedro Samper.

Available from now until 31 August 2016, the newly created Spanish menu will offer a range of tapas, classic soups, salads, and main courses, such as the traditional braised Basque-style cod fish with clams in a salsa verde sauce, which originates from Pedro’s hometown village of San Sebastián.

High quality ingredients that are particularly suited to inflight dining have been specially selected and dishes such as the slow cooked Iberico pork cheek in Tempranillo wine with black truffle potatoes, is ideal for serving in high altitude inside an aircraft cabin as the technique of slow cooking helps retain the texture and taste.

Cathay Pacific operates more than 70 flights every week from Australia to Hong Kong – four daily from Sydney; three daily from Melbourne; 10 per week from Perth; 11 per week from Brisbane; four per week from Cairns, and four per week from Adelaide. The new Hong Kong – Madrid connection means that the total travel time, including transfers, is less than 24 hours from Sydney to Madrid.

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