PIAflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 152 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9972 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.
PM From Namibia, joined Feb 2005, 7274 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 9524 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.
Behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 5270 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8698 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.
Carpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 3042 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 8233 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.