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CI 747 With The New IFE: What Routes?  
User currently offlineLatinTraveller From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 85 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7117 times:

Hey guys. I'm planning out a trip to Thailand, and one of the options is to fly CI LAX-TPE-BKK and back.


I was wondering what, if any, are the chances that the 747 with the new IFE would be present on my days (May 19 coming back June 3)

Also, what routes does this aircraft normally fly?

Any tips appreciated!

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User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3378 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7087 times:

Well

To be honest with you, its a hit or miss, I flew the Dutch Rust Bucket even from TPE-SFO last week. (well its the 744s that had been on the TPE-BKK-AMS route for ages) the one with the old seats and bluish purple arm rests along with cranes and storks engraving on the side panels. CI's oldest configuration in service. Well I think it consists of 3 744s dont remember the registration numbers, the rest are still main screen but with my favorite seat (with the fixed side head rests), then comes the new seats with PTV, which first were introduced on the 343.

I have flown the new PTV 744 from LAX-TPE with regular colors and a 777 overhead bin interior, I once did fly that same config on the CI Dreamliner from TPE-HKG-BKK at another time like 2 years ago.

I noticed that the CI 744s that have the new interiors and upgrades were GE powered 744

While the PW 744s I have been on were either the much older config and the last main screen config.

I would just book CI, cause its probably the best deal, and also the meals in economy are much larger and better than the economy class meals on BR and pretty comparible to the BR Elite meals as well plus you saved a lot more money on the airfare.

I take the night flight always from LAX, so I can just sleep, I dont need to deal with IFE.
same goes for the return too.

CI can get you out of BKK much later in the day than others, even with a BKK departure around 5pm.



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User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1109 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7036 times:

All of the flights between LAX-TPE-LAX on the days you mentioned are currently scheduled to be operated by 744's in the new configuration which is equipped with the 777 style interior as Malaysia mentioned. There could always be a last minute equipment change for maintenance reasons, however, so there are no guarantees.

User currently offlineAnonms From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 623 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6979 times:

CI's C-configuration 744s are assigned to LAX, FRA, and NRT, IIRC.


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User currently offlineCoolfish1103 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 405 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6958 times:

74C is currently operating in...

CI 0005/6 TPE-LAX v.v.
CI 0007/8 TPE-LAX v.v.
CI 0100/1 TPE-NRT v.v.

Flights to Hong Kong and Mainland China may see 74C operating, but it's a hit and miss.

Flights to Bangkok will almost always have AVOD except the one with AMS tagged (cause that's the only one with 744).

China Airlines currently only have 2 B747-400 configuration.

B747-400: 14F/64C/319Y
B747-400C: 12F/49J/314Y

744 is currently operating in...

CI 0003/4 TPE-SFO v.v.
CI 0011/2 TPE-ANC-JFK v.v. (TPE-KIX-JFK v.v. in the near future, if announced)
CI 0017/8 TPE-NRT-HNL v.v.
CI 0065/6 TPE-BKK-AMS v.v.
CI 0106/7 TPE-NRT v.v. (333 rarely)
CI 0771/2 TPE-DPS v.v. (333 rarely)

All cross-strait charters and selective flights to Hong Kong.


User currently offlineLatinTraveller From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6939 times:

So 74C means what exactly?

Also how many planes are configured in the new interiors with the AVOD?

Right now, I'm eyeing out going thru NRT with NH, but if there is more of a possibility to get on the new CI with the AVOD, I'll take it


User currently offlineCoolfish1103 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 405 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6938 times:

74C is the new aircraft with Boeing Signature interior and PTV w/AVOD in Economy.

There's 4 of them in the configuration of 74C.
CI 0007/8 is almost always 74C, CI 0005/6 is mostly 74C, unless you are really unlucky.


User currently offlineLatinTraveller From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6932 times:

Thanks. Does anyone know how, if there is any possible way to know for sure?

User currently offlineCoolfish1103 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 405 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6898 times:

There's no way that anyone can answer you for sure that you will get the aircraft with PTV because there can always be a last minute aircraft rotation. This route gets 74C on the most frequent basis.

User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6829 times:

WHAAAHH??? CI now have PTV's???? Gosh!! Its about time eyy??

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