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Cathay To SGN - Which Type?  
User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

Hi,

I am scheduled to fly HKG-SGN-HKG on 26th and 30th September, on flights CX767 and CX764.

Per the booking page online, one flight is a 333 and the other a 343. On the CX schedule page however, it is listed as "aircraft may vary".

Does anyone know which type is scheduled to fly on my trip?


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User currently offlineTruemanQLD From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 1543 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2284 times:

Quoting Swiftski (Thread starter):
Per the booking page online, one flight is a 333 and the other a 343.

Those are the aircraft you will be flying on (small chance of late minute change)

Quoting Swiftski (Thread starter):
On the CX schedule page however, it is listed as "aircraft may vary".

The aircraft on this route may vary so 1 day it might be a 333, then a 744 then a 343. Where as routes such as QF BNE-LAX is ALWAYS on a 744.

Your booking page is more reliable than the online schedule


User currently offlineRedChili From Norway, joined Jul 2005, 2289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2265 times:

Quoting TruemanQLD (Reply 1):
Your booking page is more reliable than the online schedule

In general, yes. But a few years ago I was on a CX flight DMK-HKG which showed an A333 on the day before the flight (in the travel agency's reservation system), but when I showed up for the flight, it was an A343. Cathay is very flexible on the short flights in Asia.



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User currently offlineZeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9105 posts, RR: 75
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2261 times:

Quoting RedChili (Reply 2):

In general, yes. But a few years ago I was on a CX flight DMK-HKG which showed an A333 on the day before the flight (in the travel agency's reservation system), but when I showed up for the flight, it was an A343. Cathay is very flexible on the short flights in Asia.

Yes can change types even 4 hrs before departure.



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User currently offlineCchan From New Zealand, joined May 2003, 1761 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2255 times:

Quoting Zeke (Reply 3):
Yes can change types even 4 hrs before departure

What happens to those passengers who have checked-in online? Assuming a 772 to 343 change, the seat numbers will be very different?!


User currently offlineTruemanQLD From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 1543 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2243 times:

Quoting RedChili (Reply 2):
In general, yes. But a few years ago I was on a CX flight DMK-HKG which showed an A333 on the day before the flight (in the travel agency's reservation system), but when I showed up for the flight, it was an A343. Cathay is very flexible on the short flights in Asia

Yes but no one can tell you than until hours before the flight, but generally it is what the booking page says. It might be changed if it was originally on a 744 but the passenger numbers could fit a 333 they might change it


User currently offlineCchan From New Zealand, joined May 2003, 1761 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1978 times:

Quoting RedChili (Reply 2):
In general, yes. But a few years ago I was on a CX flight DMK-HKG which showed an A333 on the day before the flight (in the travel agency's reservation system), but when I showed up for the flight, it was an A343. Cathay is very flexible on the short flights in Asia.

Don't CX 333s have more seats than 343s and are cheaper to operate? So what is the advantage of switching to a 343?


User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6605 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1877 times:

Quoting Cchan (Reply 6):
Don't CX 333s have more seats than 343s and are cheaper to operate? So what is the advantage of switching to a 343?

Well you have got to do something with the A340s during the day when they are not flying longhaul. Can't have them all sitting around waiting for the next longhaul. The longhaul fleet all play an important part in shorthaul operations between the long flights. Also it could be a crew issue as not all Airbus pilots are cross qualified on the A330 and A340, and A340 crews need to fly shorthaul flights sometimes as well.


User currently offlineRed Panda From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2000, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1818 times:

Quoting Cchan (Reply 6):
Don't CX 333s have more seats than 343s and are cheaper to operate? So what is the advantage of switching to a 343?

I think A330 is cheaper to operate than A340 on short haul route. At least A330 weight less than 340 without (crew rest area ) LDMCR.

R Panda


User currently offlineRed Panda From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2000, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1815 times:

Quoting Cchan (Reply 6):
Don't CX 333s have more seats than 343s and are cheaper to operate? So what is the advantage of switching to a 343?

I think A330 is cheaper to operate than A340 on short haul route. At least A330 weight less than 340 without (crew rest area ) LDMCR. If both a/c types and crew are available, A330 will be the one to go.

R Panda


User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1797 times:

Quoting Cchan (Reply 4):
What happens to those passengers who have checked-in online? Assuming a 772 to 343 change, the seat numbers

I always wondered the same thing-I flew PHX-DFW supposed to be on a 752 it was upgraded to a 763 and the gate agent made an announcement if you had printed out your boarding pass online you need to check in and get reassigned.



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