AFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 25 Posted (15 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1655 times:
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?
Hugo From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 399 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1622 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.
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1595 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.