CX Flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6447 posts, RR: 56 Reply 6, posted (4 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8525 times:
There are various other destinations around Asia that now see a 744 service from time to time. CX are very good at switching aircraft types for the right loads on their regional flights, sometimes this happening a mere few hours before the flight. I have seen the 744s fly to SUB, CGK, PEN in addition to those listed above.
The 744 will stop flying to FRA end of September. There are plans for the 744 SFO flight to switch to a 77W by the end of the year with the remaining LHR flight happening at a similar time, leaving JNB as the only long haul left for the passenger 744.
There are rumours of the company wanting to put a First class service onto one of the SYD flights. This would mean either the 744 or 77W and I have heard rumours about both.
ZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5131 posts, RR: 11 Reply 8, posted (4 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8135 times:
Quoting CX Flyboy (Reply 6): There are rumours of the company wanting to put a First class service onto one of the SYD flights. This would mean either the 744 or 77W and I have heard rumours about both.
It would be interesting to see what they do there, the 744 product in all classes is older compared to the A330s SYD currently gets, but the 77Ws are needed elsewhere it seems, atleast they have the newer product.
I think there is another due for retirement at the end of this year. There's another six 777-300ERs being delivered in the remainder of this year which will add to fleet numbers and allow for more 744s to be taken off certain flights.
solarflyer22 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Nov 2009, 574 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (4 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 7187 times:
Quoting zeke (Reply 16): "He adds that "by this time next year we will no longer be flying [passenger] 747s on long-haul routes", marking the end of an era for one of the biggest operators of the jumbo."
I can't blame them. They can probably save 20% on their fuel bill on those routes plus some additional savings on maintenance and eliminating an AC type. Its unfortunate they did not pick up 748i's but its not a big surprise to me. They probably would only need it for very few routes.
Aaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 7890 posts, RR: 27 Reply 21, posted (4 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3962 times:
There are occasionally subs or scheduled equipment changes on HKG-NGO as well. We usually see 333, 343, and 773 service here, but the 744 turns up now and again. Can anyone with more CX knowledge shed light on when this is likely to happen?
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