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CX Accelerates 742F Retirement  
User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10655 posts, RR: 9
Posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2240 times:

Cathay Pacific has retired B-HMD and B-HMF, the last two of three 1981-built 742SFs inherited from Air Hongkong. Both have been flown to Victorville for storage.

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This marks a fast downsizing of 747 Classic freighters in its fleet, 2 now remaining according to my record (B-HVX and -HVZ, which are much younger than the retired 742Fs).
Is it true that additionally to the 742Fs three 744BCFs will be parked temporarily, two from CX, one from Dragonair? if so, which frames and when?

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User currently offlineAndrewtang From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 461 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2102 times:

The 3 aircrafts to be parked are B-HOU, B-HUS and B-KAE.

User currently offlineSInGAPORE_AIR From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2077 times:

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The financial crisis is having a particularly severe impact on the Group’s airfreight business and in light of this two CX Boeing 747-400BCF freighters and one KA BCF will be parked at Victorville, California, for a year with effect from January 2009.


Yes, this was confirmed publicly last month by Cathay Pacific.



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User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10655 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2030 times:



Quoting Andrewtang (Reply 1):
The 3 aircrafts to be parked are B-HOU, B-HUS and B-KAE.

Thanks for the info.
I flew B-HOU on my honeymoon (not in Cargo!), and hope to see it flying many more years to come.


User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6588 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1922 times:

As far as I know, B-HMD is still flying, and also you missed B-HIH which is also still active.

User currently offlineTrex8 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 4700 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1917 times:
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sl OT but CIs cargo results show a 30% drop in cargo revenue and 28% FRTK for Nov 08 vs 07, though for 11 months 08 they are only down 11% revenue and <1% FRTK compared to 07. It will only get uglier for all the Asian cargo carriers this year. Exports from Taiwan were down over 60% last month. 2 of CIs oldest 744s which were sold to a US bank and converted to BDSFs last year are customerless so far. How many 747-8F customers may be asking for delays in delivery with the ways things are going?

User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10655 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1843 times:



Quoting CX flyboy (Reply 4):
As far as I know, B-HMD is still flying, and also you missed B-HIH which is also still active.

B-HMD was flown to Victorville today (source: skyliners)
I forgot B-HIH though.

Quoting Trex8 (Reply 5):
How many 747-8F customers may be asking for delays in delivery with the ways things are going?

The 748F is two years away from now, much likely things are getting at least a bit better than now. Currently everybody is standing on full brakes, something that cant be done very long as you prevent driving by it. Cargolux has just sold four 744Fs while expecting their first 748F.
Question is, how many operators would like to defer their 777F order, which is short of introduction?


User currently offlineClimb1 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1626 times:



Quoting NA (Reply 6):
Cargolux has just sold four 744Fs while expecting their first 748F.

Really? Anyone know which ones and where they are going to? Im assuming these are four of their oldest. That would leave only 1 GE powered aircraft in the fleet.



In my eyes the Boeing 747 will ALWAYS be the queen of the skies!
User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6588 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1537 times:



Quoting NA (Reply 6):
B-HMD was flown to Victorville today

I have corrected them. What they saw on the screens was actually B-HUS being ferried to VCV for temporary storage and not B-HMD which is alive and well and spent yesterday doing base training.


User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10655 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1374 times:



Quoting Climb1 (Reply 7):
Quoting NA (Reply 6):
Cargolux has just sold four 744Fs while expecting their first 748F.

Really? Anyone know which ones and where they are going to? Im assuming these are four of their oldest. That would leave only 1 GE powered aircraft in th

UPS bought them. And as UPS only operates GE-powered 744Fs, they surely bought Cargolux oldest freighters. As its 4, not 5, the 744F "prototype" is maybe not one of them.

Quoting CX flyboy (Reply 8):
Quoting NA (Reply 6):
B-HMD was flown to Victorville today

I have corrected them. What they saw on the screens was actually B-HUS being ferried to VCV for temporary storage and not B-HMD which is alive and well and spent yesterday doing base training.

Thank you, but as both sisterships have been retired over the past 3 months I guess B-HMD wont operate for CX for very long anymore.


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