srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7337 times:
Quoting 413X3 (Thread starter): Why has this never been painted? Because of the accident in manufacturing?
Looking at the comments in some of the earliest photos in the DB of this a/c, it may be because they've been trying to sell it ever since the a/c was repaired and delivered to them (I guess they saw the accident as being a bad omen.). By keeping it in an all-white livery, if they were ever able to sell it off, it makes it easier for the new owner to put a livery on it since many liveries are white. But considering this a/c has been in service with them for this long without finding a buyer, chances are that they'll never find one for it anytime soon, especially with so many cargo 747s and potential 747 conversion candidates in the desert that don't have an incident like this on their record.
trex8 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 5261 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7052 times:
CI occassionally operates charters to countries which are sensitive to annoying the PRC by having any contact with Taiwan. Though CIs present colors do not have the ROC flag on it anymore this allows them some anonymity. This plane has also operated flights carrying military cargo from the US to Taiwan - they don't send SM2 or Hellfire missiles by Fedex or in a TEU container!
Interestingly CI passed off two of their older 744Fs to yangtze river express which they are part owners. You'd think they would try pass of this one if it was "spooked"!
MSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 2334 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5801 times:
If would have told me about 5 years ago that the plane I was taking pictures of would still be white now, I wouldn't believe you. Hopefully that bird will see a proper paint job someday. It deserves it.
CX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6726 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4096 times:
Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 11): Quoting CX flyboy (Reply 7):
This one was rumoured to be going to Oasis Hong Kong originally
Can that be done with a 744 built as a freighter? Shorter upper deck, few windows, then converted to a full passenger model. Never heard of that before.
Or was Oasis going to have an all-frieght service running as well?
It was for Oasis Cargo, which never actually started in the end. They were going to take a China Airlines 744F, then that changed to taking a Cargolux one, which is why (apparently) LX-PCV was painted in the all-grey colours.
indeed. You will notice, out of all of the China Airlines Cargo birds, there is not a single one with the number "4" in the registration.
The number 4 is often avoided. (Some buildings in Malaysia replaced "4th Floor" to 3A, and house address 44 and 4 to 43A and 3A.) The number "4" itself has a similar tone to the Chinese character for "death".