RwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3195 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6188 times:
So when is CX going to actually open up a new destination in North America? They keep adding frequencies to VYR, SFO, and JFK, but haven't added any new cities. I would have thought ORD would have been announced long ago. SEA would also be a good candidate.
JustPlanes From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 893 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5156 times:
Not that it is a big deal... and not that anyone probably cares however I have a few comments about the HKG-JFK route on Cathay...
1) Why do they use 3 different types on this route... A346, B747 and B777
I would think that it would make crew scheduling a lot easier with the same type in case of an irregular operation.... and there are several other reasons including for example maintenance. If you operate 1 type into JFK you have to be covered for that type, now you need to be covered for 3.
2) Second issue is the departure times out of Hong Kong with all 3 flights leaving with 6 hours of each other and the last flight at 1635. Why no late flight allowing a full business day in HKG.
3) Specifically looking at the schedule of the 2 afternoon flights :
CX888 departs HKG at 1505 and arrives JFK at 1955 (via YVR)
CX840 departs HKG at 1645 and arrives JFK at 1845
why on earth would you take the 3pm flight (nearly 2 hours earlier) to arrive more than 1 hour later...
As I said... who cares... but I like to look closely at schedules and things like that...
This is just a guess on my part, but regarding the three plane types into JFK, as mentioned above, the A346 will be switched to another 77W and the 747 will continue on the one-stopper due to its advantage in cargo hauling between YVR-JFK.
Regarding the one-stopper leaving earlier and arriving later, perhaps it's a little cheaper than the non-stop. But I hear you on all 3 flights leaving close together and during the day time, but this probably has to do with departure schedules/banks at HKG and maybe for good connection times at JFK with AA.
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CX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6715 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4575 times:
Quoting Bartond (Reply 10): Are ORD and YYZ the only two new destinations CX is considering in North America?
CX has been flying to YYZ for years!! ORD is the only new destination for now. Our main focus is to boost the routes which we currently fly. if you look at Asian airlines in the US, there are not all that many cities that have passenger services. CX already fly to most of the money-making routes possible and although one day I am sure they will fly to more cities, at the moment there are not all that many opportunities out there to profitably fill a non-stop widebody.
Quoting JustPlanes (Reply 5): 1) Why do they use 3 different types on this route... A346, B747 and B777
This is only the transition period. In a few years time, the plan is for EVERY SINGLE North American passenger flight by CX to be flown by the 777-300ER. Of course by then the 787-8 might be about so no doubt this plan will change.
Woops, you're right. Not sure how I forgot that but I guess my main question was about ORD and how CX has not entered that market. There is competition from US carriers there but from everything I have heard people in eastern Asia really like to stick with their own carriers. Plus CX's product is supposed to be fantastic. I would think this route would have been operating for years.