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User currently offlineQF744ER From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 304 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2480 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.

Please let's keep AI and UA out of this thread.

cheers

Tom/PER

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User currently offlineNorcal773 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1447 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2339 times:

My guess would be Oasis HKG would love to have the GE-powered ones but that's just a guess.

Quoting QF744ER (Thread starter):
Please let's keep AI and UA out of this thread.

Why?

Quoting QF744ER (Thread starter):
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.

They sure can but I doubt they'll do that since they should be getting the Whalejets pretty soon.



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User currently offlineQF744ER From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

Because everytime a thread pops up on this particualar site about used B744's entering the market someone always has to mention AI possibly getting them.

User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6597 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2205 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!


User currently offlineAV8AJET From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1340 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2072 times:

There was talk on here about BA possibly getting the Rolls Royce powered ones but who knows?


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User currently offlineN383PA From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1968 times:

Quoting CX flyboy (Reply 3):

If I am not mistaken CX has already taken one 744 and converted it into a freighter a few month ago ...


User currently offlineQantas744ER From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1288 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1952 times:

Quoting N383PA (Reply 5):
If I am not mistaken CX has already taken one 744 and converted it into a freighter a few month ago ...

Two: became B-BUR and B-HUS

leo



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User currently offlineQantas744ER From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1288 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1947 times:

Quoting QF744ER (Reply 2):
Because everytime a thread pops up on this particualar site about used B744's entering the market someone always has to mention AI possibly getting them.

Because they really have been looking hard to find GE powered 744's  Wink

Leo



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