CCA From Hong Kong, joined Oct 2002, 762 posts, RR: 14 Posted (8 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 16100 times:
Finally they have done it.
The airline has made commitments for 16 advanced wide-body Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with purchase rights for 20 more.
It also made commitments to acquire three Airbus A330-300s to operate regional routes.
The 777-300ER's will be acquired through a combination of 12 direct purchases from The Boeing Company and four operating leases from International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC). The three new A330-300s will also be acquired via operating leases from ILFC.
The 777-300ER will be powered by General Electric GE90-115B engines and the Airbus A330-300 by the Rolls-Royce Trent 700. The 16 777-300ERs will be delivered between September 2007 and July 2010. All three Airbus A330-300s will be delivered in 2008.
Cathay Pacific's fleet currently totals 95 aircraft. Its long-haul fleet comprises 22 Boeing 747-400, 15 Airbus A340-300 and three Airbus A340-600. The regional fleet comprises 16 Boeing 777-200/300 and 26 Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The airline also operates 13 Boeing 747 freighters.
MauriceB From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 2487 posts, RR: 27 Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 15948 times:
congrats for both boeing and Cathay pacific... as they already stated earlier, it will be the leading aircraft in the fleet wich will replace the A340-300's (also think 600's at the end) and 747-400's....
although airbus plans to come with a much better A340-600, by the time they have designed it the 777-300ER will be even better... thus the fact that it has 2 engines makes it cheaper for maintenance.... the 777 won in this sector..
Atmx2000 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 4576 posts, RR: 39 Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 15182 times:
Quoting Cricket (Reply 14): This is great for the 777-300ER program. Like the 777-300, Asia-Pacific is turning out to be the primary market for the 777-300ER.
EK, QR, AI, PK, 9W, SQ, CX, BR, JL, NH and maybe QF.
That is a pretty impressive list of carriers, isn't it?
Quoting Aerosol (Reply 7): To add: no hardware differentiation from singapore airlines on longhaul.
Differentiation is fine as long as it isn't going to increase your cost of owning and operating aircraft or as long as it brings additional revenue.
ConcordeBoy is a twin supremacist!! He supports quadicide!!
Intothinair From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 392 posts, RR: 2 Reply 18, posted (8 years 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 14955 times:
Quoting NA (Reply 16): Should they replace the 744 on the FRA route with the ugly long sausage CX has just lost a client.
I don't think this should come very soon. My guess would be that the 747-400 will fly to FRA until at least 2010 due to the slot problems FRA is facing. If CX biggest bird will turn out to be the 773ER(which we don't know), yes then after 2010 i think we can expect the 773ER. In my opinion, the 773ER is a beautiful airplane anyways but thats just personal opinion.
BrightCedars From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 1282 posts, RR: 2 Reply 19, posted (8 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 14704 times:
Looks like the A340 is indeed on the green mile at Cathay Pacific.
So the fleet will look like 777-300ER/777-300/777-200/A330-300 in a not too distant future. I'm a bit surprised they are adding A330-300s rather than 777-200s though. A330s must have been dirt cheap.
Remains to be seen whether they will buy a few 747-8 Intercontinental or A380s although I really only see LHR as being a candidate route.
Yet it seems they have decided to go the frequency way since they're adding a 4th daily run on LHR these days. 4 daily 777-300ER surely can fill in for 2 daily 747-400 and 2 daily A340-300. Guess they think they can grow with even more frequency in the future.