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CX's B 747-200/300s Had PTVs?  
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9160 posts, RR: 15
Posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2924 times:

CX's B 747-200/300s had PTVs? If yes, how come they got rid of them so soon after installing them?

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User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2331 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2878 times:

Fuel efficiency? Or lack thereof.


There's nothing quite like a tri-jet.
User currently onlineJohnClipper From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2005, 836 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2811 times:

I remember flying CX from Kimpo to Kai Tak in June '98 on a B747-300 (B-HIJ) and it had PTV's in coach.

User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4748 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2767 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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User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9160 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2728 times:

When did they install PTVs on their B 747-200s/300s? And when did they get rid of them? Did they install PTVs on their B 747-200s too?

They should have stayed for a while longer.


User currently offlineAndrewtang From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 461 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2656 times:



Quoting United Airline (Reply 4):
When did they install PTVs on their B 747-200s/300s? And when did they get rid of them? Did they install PTVs on their B 747-200s too?

They should have stayed for a while longer.

Can't remember when they left the fleet but the B747-200 did have PTV installed in all seats.

The 773A was the replacement aircraft for the 747Classic.


User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2622 times:

I know VS had PTVs in their 742s as well.

QF has it in coach on their 743s.



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9160 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2452 times:

Where did CX fly its B 747-200s and 300s at that time?

User currently offlineTropicBird From United States of America, joined May 2005, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2378 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??).

User currently offline747fan From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2315 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:

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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:

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User currently offlineTGV From France, joined Dec 2004, 874 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2220 times:



Quoting United Airline (Reply 7):
Where did CX fly its B 747-200s and 300s at that time?

In 1990 I flew YVR-HKG-YVR with a -200 if my memory is correct.



Avoid 777 with 3-4-3 config in Y ! They are real sardine cans. (AF/KL for example)
User currently offlineKtachiya From Japan, joined Sep 2004, 1792 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2211 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?



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