Ryanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4706 posts, RR: 26 Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2407 times:
CX is an airline that keeps up with the trends. the mid-late 90s was a time when installing PTVs were all the rage for airlines that could afford it and I do not see CX as an exception. Letting it go thereafter would definitely have fetched a higher selling price for the aircraft so that is probably why they went ahead with the installation anyway just to harmonise the inflight offerings.
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TropicBird From United States of America, joined May 2005, 502 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2018 times:
They completely re-did the interiors (new sidewalls, galleys, lavs, seats, ptv's etc.) of the 747-200's & 300's back in the late 90's. Then the problem with the Asia economy struck. The 200's and 300's were put up for sale with (3) of the 200's going into the Calif desert with another couple of the 200's going to Virgin and another couple to an Iceland company (Air Atlantic??).
747fan From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1172 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1955 times:
The majority of CX's 747-200's were converted to freighters for Cathay Cargo and Air Atlanta Icelandic, except for one that went to Virgin Atlantic. Many of CX's 743's went to Pakistan International Airlines. And CX's 742's did indeed have PTV's, which were installed sometime in the mid-late 90's (I don't know which exact year).
Here is proof of that; this is V-RUM, which is the ex-CX bird:
They're relatively small (as are the ones that VS installed itself) since they're 1st-gen. PTV's, but they are still better than projectors/over-aisle screens.
They retired these aircraft in the late '90's basically right after they were installed due to an economic downturn in Asia, not to mention the fact that they simply lacked efficiency compared to newer aircraft such as the 773.
Here is a photo of a PIA ex-CX 743:
Ktachiya From Japan, joined Sep 2004, 1763 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1851 times:
Quoting TGV (Reply 10): In 1990 I flew YVR-HKG-YVR with a -200 if my memory is correct
Really? I wondered if they had enhanced engines or extra fuel tanks then, since the YVR-HKG route is rather long and you have all the head winds coming into Asia. Or did they take pay-load restrictions?