QF744ER From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 328 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2733 times:
With the recent release of the South Afircan Airway winter timetables for 2007/08 and 'retiring' all their remaining fleet of B747-400's by the end of October does anyone have any credible sources where they might end up?
ZS-SAK/SAX/SAY/SAZ are RR powered and SBK and SBS are GE powered...Would of thought any RR and GE's powered which appear on the used market would be snapped up quite quickly. The GE powered ones are less than 10 years old.
I know CX is converting some more of their pax fleet to BCF's so maybe they might end up in HKG and maybe Oasis might take the GE ones. On the other hand QF is pushing their fleet hard and could do with a couple before the A380's arrive, help accelerate the B743's disposal also.
CX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6715 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2458 times:
I have a feeling CX might not be all that interested in them for freighters, and once the 777-300ERs start arriving next month I am not sure they will want them for passenger aircraft either! Rumours are that seven of the current fleet will end up as BCFs and they might not be wanting anymore after that, instead opting to purchase much more capable brand new freighters which we can expect an order for fairly soon.
As for oasis, who knows. There is a Malaysian 744 (9M-MPG) fully painted up at Subang in Oasis colours which rumours say they have decided not to take. No idea why....maybe the deal fell through and they are looking for other 744s in which case there is a chance, but maybe things are not as rosy as they could be at Oasis and they just want to wait for their next ANA one....or perhaps maybe the rumours are false and they are getting the MH!