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User currently offlineAFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 26
Posted (13 years 10 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1233 times:

Hello,

Could anyone tell me why Cathay Pacific re-registered in fleet throughout late 1997 with "B-" registration?
Well, I assume it is because of the handover of HK to China, but did Beijing ask to re-register these aircraft because the Civil Aviation Authorities of HK were closed or integrated to CAAC please?


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Alain Mengus

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User currently offlineHugo From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 395 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 17 hours ago) and read 1200 times:

Although I cannot tell you for certain that Beijing asked CX to change the prefix to "B", it is likely that this is the case or it was done voluntarily by CX. I doubt if it was because the authorities in HK closed shop and transferred things to CAAC; government functions in post-1997 Hong Kong continue largely unchanged. The "B" prefix can be seen on China registered aircraft, including those of Taiwan. I assume anything China registered will have to carry the "B" register, even if, as in the case of Taiwan, there is reason for distinction.

User currently offlineAirbus A3XX From Australia, joined May 1999, 507 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 16 hours ago) and read 1196 times:

The 'VR-' registration is actually the prefix for all British colonies. The change of the 'VR-' prefix to 'B' prefix indicates the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China.

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 12 hours ago) and read 1173 times:

...and thus presumably any accident involving a "VR" registered hull would be the responsibility of Britain's CAA, so the change reflected a transfer of that responsibility to the Chinese aviation authorities.

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