United Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9290 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3050 times:
Well, Cathay Pacific has always been a loyal customer to the B 747 Family and I do believe that the B 747 would be better for them. At least it would be cheaper to keep their fleet to be an all Boeing Jumbo Fleet.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8148 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (14 years 4 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3013 times:
However, don't forget that CX is also a pioneering user of the A330-300 and A340-300E.
Given that Airbus wants the A380-800's cockpit designed so A333/A343 pilots can transition over easily, I think given the combination of ease of retraining and CX's desperate need for pax/cargo capacity between HKG and Europe, they will probably order 6-10 A388's with options for 5 more planes.
Watewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (14 years 4 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3009 times:
Too many users overestimate the so called 'better value' of A380. This things hasn't even flown yet and there's no guarantee that it will deliver the promised performances. Launch customers are getting their discounts because they're gambling on the success of this type and if Cathay doesn't get discount on similar level, they should stay away 'til it proves itself in service. There's no need to rush to make decisions on VLA when US economy is pointing south (or maybe it's just a hiccup). A380 won't be selling like a barn-burner like 737 and Cathay won't slip down too many delivery spots if it decided to wait out a few years.
CX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4489 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (14 years 4 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2981 times:
In my opinion we have seen the last of Cathay Pacific ordering passenger 747-400 series aircraft. The 747-400F though could see an order from Cathay in the number of 3-6 airframes. Within the last week, Cathay Pacific delayed its upcoming order on behalf of the United States current economic slowdown. They want to see how the demand on their HKG-USA routes do. Supposedly the order that was delayed/put off was for A330s, A340-600s and A380s. The 777-300 also had a chance of being ordered. Unfortunately no "solid" information was ever leaked
While I am a Boeing fan, CX in this case doesn't look to be going with them. Chek Lap Kok is one of the few airports that can handle the A380 so airport layout will not be a problem for Cathay. The recent delay could see CX rethink their fleet development. The A380 is a big jump, and empty A380s due to an U.S. slowdown or any slowdown anywhere are not going to make money. In my opinion CX would be better served by ordering the 747-400LR and seeing how that capacity increase helps them. The A380 will be needed, but don't over purchase on capacity!
F.Y.I.: Right before the Asian recession Cathay was ready to place an order for A330, A340, 747-400s and 777s. They put this off and totally redid what their fleet needs were. I believe that a fleet of 747-400s, 747-400LR, 777-200, 777-300s, A330-300s, A340-300, and A380-800s would be a good mix. The A380 could be placed on routes where much more capacity than the 747-400 is needed. The 747-400LR could go on 747-400 routes where a slight increase of capacity is needed. The 747-400s could be placed on inter-asian routes where demand warrants an aircraft larger than the A330/777-300. Excess 747-400s could also be converted into freighters.
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