Babaero From Philippines, joined Jan 2002, 462 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3321 times:
CX's fleet will exceed 100 aircraft after committing to eight used Boeing 747-400s, half of which will be converted into freighters. The aircraft will be obtained from a number of owners and operators and arrive from now through 2006. The airline plans to purchase seven and lease one other.
This acquisition follows orders made earlier this year for one new B747-400 freighter plus two new B777-300 and six new Airbus 330-300s to join the airline's regional fleet. These combined commitments will swell the airline's operating fleet from 86 all-wide-body aircraft at present to 103 in just over three years, after the final A330-300s arrive. This additional investment will add to the approximate 20 percent increase in passenger capacity made by the airline in the past two years.
Six of the eight aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney 4056-3 engines and the other two by the Rolls-Royce RB211-524. All the aircraft are of a similar age to the B747-400s already in operation with the airline. Cathay Pacific currently operates 19 B747-400 passenger and 5 B747-400 freighter aircraft.
Four of the newly acquired aircraft will support the expansion of Cathay Pacific's passenger fleet, following a complete retrofit so that the aircraft and cabin meet the same standards as existing Cathay Pacific aircraft. The other four will be converted into freighters and deployed on trunk routes to Europe and North America.
In January this year, Cathay Pacific announced it would be the world's first airline to take part in the new B747-400 passenger-to-freighter conversion programme, and has so far committed to convert six aircraft with options on six more.
FlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2083 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3179 times:
Where are these aircraft coming from? I'm assuming the 6 PW powered aircraft are coming from SQ. But what about the RR examples? BA and QF don't seem to want to ditch any, particularly the latter. That only leaves NZ and SA and again, neither of those are ditching RR examples are they? Or is SA disposing of a pair in a couple of years?
B-HXB From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2508 times:
Three of them were previously owned by Singapore Airlines, three of them owned by 'another party' but operated by Singapore Airlines. The two RR 744s were owned by someone else but operated by South African Airways.
Hirnie From Germany, joined May 2004, 594 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2501 times:
All-widebody-fleet. Sounds impressive...
CX must be very short on 747s, I don`t think that they would buy 747s with different engines under normal circumstances, or do they already operate different engines in the -400 fleet?
CX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6597 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2454 times:
These will be the first non-Rolls Royce 747-400s to join the fleet. At the moment, almost every long-haul port is asking for more capacity, so the 747 is definately in demand, and the freighters are the busiest they have been so more freighters are needed, especially in light of declining reliability of the classic freighters.
UA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2326 times:
I'm placing my bet now that the P&W's are going to be ex-UA a/c. QF needs more 744's. SQ has already dumped all of the ones that they are planning on dumping. The 2 MH 744's that Boeing has (do they still?) I think are RR powered (Isn't MH a mainly RR airline?). That leaves UA a/c!
Could they convert 742's into Cargo? I think VS has a few old 742's in the desert.... Thanks again!
And isn't CX interested in the 777-300/ER? Will we be seeing any orders? Or do they already have one?