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Why Did Cathay Pacific Switch From A330 To The B777-300  
User currently offlinePIAflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 150 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8535 times:

i was wondering why Cathay Pacific switched the A330 to the B777-300 on the BKK-KHI route. the A330 flight were so empty, so why are they switching to a bigger airplane. and trust me i am happy with Cathay's dicesion because i am going on that flight in a couple of days. i mean, when cathay's plane get's there it comes right back to BKK. same crew, they just do a turn around. with Thai they go from BKK-KHI-MCT and they use a A330.

[Edited 2007-06-26 07:52:21]

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User currently offlineCarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2954 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 8263 times:

Perhaps cargo has something to do with the aircraft change.
CX is notorious for aircraft changes if the demand is or not there for that particular day.


User currently offlinePM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 6914 posts, RR: 63
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 8087 times:

Quoting Carpethead (Reply 1):
CX is notorious for aircraft changes if the demand is or not there for that particular day.

In August I looked forward to CX A330s there and back between KIX and HKG. In the event I got an A343 out (but I was upgraded!) and a 777-300 back. No complaints but I'm still waiting for my first CX A330.


User currently offlineCloudyapple From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2005, 2454 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 8034 times:

Quoting Carpethead (Reply 1):
CX is notorious for aircraft changes

Notorious? Switching aircraft to match demand at the last minute is not a particularly bad thing to do. In fact it's a very very smart move. And that's why they make heaps of money.



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User currently offlineZeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9101 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 7767 times:

Quoting PIAflyer (Thread starter):
i was wondering why Cathay Pacific switched the A330 to the B777-300 on the BKK-KHI route.

CX701 is listed in the schedule with an aircraft type as EQV, it varies with the day of the week.



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User currently offlineGemini573 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 7454 times:

Slightly off topic, but related to 773. When is CMB coming back online?

User currently offlineBehramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4784 posts, RR: 43
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 7366 times:

yes till Aug 10th, KHI is upgraded twice a week only to the B 773.

User currently offlineBehramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4784 posts, RR: 43
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7261 times:

I just spoke to my ex boss i.e. CX Pakistan Country Manager and he said that it is largely due to the heavy cargo demand on the KHI route.

Pax avg 250-280 per flight and with the A 333 only 16 tons of cargo can be carried but now with the B 773, with a load of approx 300 pax, they can carry up to 25 tons of cargo for which they have already blocked space for big agents.


User currently offlineJimyvr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7156 times:

Quoting Gemini573 (Reply 5):
When is CMB coming back online?

Didn't see CMB schedule for this winter either


User currently offlineCarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2954 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6796 times:

Quoting Cloudyapple (Reply 3):
Notorious? Switching aircraft to match demand at the last minute is not a particularly bad thing to do. In fact it's a very very smart move.

Indeed, quite true.
However, as an int'l airline switching between aircraft types such as 777 and 333, crew allocation have to be planned in advance. It's one thing about moving crews between cities in Japan or near HKG but another in an outstation such as KHI.


User currently offlineZeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9101 posts, RR: 75
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5927 times:

Quoting Gemini573 (Reply 5):
When is CMB coming back online?

Guess when its safe to do so, last I heard the airport was closed at night.



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