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Why Did Cathay Retire Its B 747 Classics?  
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9333 posts, RR: 13
Posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3004 times:

Does anyone know why? I personally think that they want to minimize their cost. It costs a lot to fly them as they need an inflight engineer in the cockpit.


However, do you guys think that they might be flying for Cathay again someday? After PIA's lease has expired?

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User currently offlineTim From Australia, joined Jun 2000, 707 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 23 hours ago) and read 2982 times:

Not just for that reason. 747 Classics are getting old and are becoming very expensive to maintain etc. Lots of Airlines are gradually phasing out or planning to phase out their 747 classics soon. Eg Qantas.


User currently offlineAirbus_a340 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1565 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 22 hours ago) and read 2958 times:

Tim, thats basically what he said.

People. They make an airline. www.cathaypacific.com
User currently offlineN949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 7 months 21 hours ago) and read 2956 times:

The retirement of the classic 747's at CX was no doubt accelerated by the Asian economic crisis. With regional routes within Asia being the main focus of those planes, the drop in passenger volume during that period basically forced CX to cutback on capacity quickly. Since few things bleeds cash faster than flying empty 747's, those classics were naturally the first to go!!

What a difference a couple of years make!! Now CX is essentially scrambling around to find more capacity (leasing 340's from Air China; buying the original 777 from Boeing, etc.). However, there is no chance that those 747 classics will be rejoining Cathay, since their last flight engineer had already left with the retirement of the last 743 (B-HON).


User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9333 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (14 years 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 2932 times:

I am sure someone is willing to be flight engineers for CX. The 747-300s can rejoin Cathay again.


User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5585 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (14 years 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 2932 times:

There is another point, not mentioned yet: at many airports we have severe noise problems. These old aircrafts are too loud in comparison to modern airliners (777, 340/330 etc.)

User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (14 years 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 2928 times:

As an early post stated, their retirement was accelerated due to the Asian economic crisis. If it had not been for the Asian downturn, the 747 "Classics" would have stayed in the fleet for a longer period of time. CX has just invested a large amount of capital into updating the interior and IFT systems. I don't think that we will see a passenger 747 -200 fly for CX again. They continue to operate several 747-200Fs though.

"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 7 months 15 hours ago) and read 2915 times:

B-HON is sitting in the desert doing nothing !!, PIA changed their minds and only took five a nobody wants one RR powered 743. How sad.

User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9333 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (14 years 7 months 1 hour ago) and read 2893 times:

Cathay can reuse it again or sell it somebody else.

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