spiplane From UK - England, joined Jan 2005, 110 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 14850 times:
Was taking departure photos this morning at Manchester Airport and caught Cathay Pacific passenger 744 B-HUD taking off. Looked like it was going West, at least initially. As Cathay only has cargo flights to MAN, anyone knows what this passenger plane was doing here? Diversion from LHR?
CX Flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6450 posts, RR: 56 Reply 19, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5461 times:
The 744 in CX operation needs around 90% load factor to make money because of the fuel prices. This has been discussed in other threads. Given the costs of a D check and engine overhaul costs, retirement is the only reasonable option. We have 9 777-300ERs being delivered in 2013 and a cut back in our longhaul schedule for winter 12/13. This is allowing several 744s to be retired. Our passenger 744fleet will be halved by the end of next year!
zeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 8255 posts, RR: 74 Reply 22, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5272 times:
Quoting gegarrenton (Reply 21):
I know it's progress and the 77W's are moneymakers, but damn it's a bummer to see such iconic planes headed for the bin.
I think it is safe to say they paid themselves off, and then some. The earlier plan was to convert all of them to BCFs, they did not turn out as good as the brochure. So the options are, give the aircraft away to your competitors for X, or sell them for scrap and parts which is worth more than X and does not leave your seat product in the hands of your competitors.
The positive out of this should be more parts available for the existing 744 fleet in other airlines to keep them economical for longer.
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