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Rumor: Cathay To Keep 11 Of 12 Remaining B744  
User currently offlineQantas744er From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1296 posts, RR: 4
Posted (9 months 6 days ago) and read 14780 times:

Rumor in HKG is that Cathay have shelved plans to retire the last 11 of 12 B744s in the fleet.

5 -400s scheduled for retirement in 2014, 1 already gone, the 4 other are to stay now.

11 of the 12 744s in the fleet have the new F and J seat color schemes and have premium Y cabins added.

Starting September 2014 they will be flying only short and medium haul from HKG and will remain in the fleet until the arrival of the A350 and B779.

Safe to say that CX will not be going with a interim 747-8i solution.

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User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 4096 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 14399 times:

Anyone know how old these B744's are ?

User currently offlinekaitak744 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2413 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (9 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 14384 times:

That's pretty incredible. That means these will be in service up to 2020. The oldest is 25 years old at the moment, and a mixture of RR and PW.

User currently offlineCX Flyboy From Hong Kong, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 6642 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 13974 times:

Not true. I just asked the fleet planning manager about this rumour this morning. The original 747 retirement plan still stands. The 777 delivery schedule has been accelerated slightly.

User currently offlineinfiniti329 From United States of America, joined Jul 2012, 838 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 13934 times:

Bluff maybe to get Boeing to drop the 747-8 price?

User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3848 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 13829 times:

I wouldn't give much credit to these rumors.
Many people were convinced CX would get the 748i and that rumor was running around quite a lot as well.

That being said, the 744s are useful on the regional network.

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12970 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 13829 times:

Quoting CX Flyboy (Reply 3):
Not true.


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User currently offlinetheaviator380 From UK - England, joined Feb 2013, 441 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 10478 times:

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 1):

Some of them are 19-21 years old. My sister flown on one of them couple of weeks ago and when I mentioned her before her flight that her jet is 20 years old..she was worried !! lol. She is not aviation freak like me so she doesn't know they are maintained etc...good looking birds but I guess time to retire. The one she flown is going to retire in 2014 for sure.

User currently offlineCCA From Hong Kong, joined Oct 2002, 846 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (9 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 9659 times:

2nd of May, the 25th anniversary of B(VR)-HOPs first flight. Delivered 8th June 1989.

Line No. 728 (#11-744) the 8th 744 to be delivered from Boeing.

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User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10817 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (9 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 9334 times:

Quoting CCA (Reply 8):

2nd of May, the 25th anniversary of B(VR)-HOPs first flight. Delivered 8th June 1989.

Line No. 728 (#11-744) the 8th 744 to be delivered from Boeing.

Judging from the flight hour records of retired CX-744s B-HOP must have passed 120.000 flight hours by now (B-HOO clocked 103.000 hours in 21 years).

User currently onlinejfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8515 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (9 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7719 times:
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In Cathay's route map what qualifies as Medium Haul ? Australia, India, Dubai, Qatar or only Tokyo or Seoul ?

User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6457 posts, RR: 38
Reply 11, posted (9 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3200 times:

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 10):

Possibly yes, with the exception of Japan (I think they're in a funny category in between regional and medium haul, as shown by what CX sends there).

The issue wouldn't be that, but more of a case of a non standard product. Australia, India and the Middle East are just about completely served with non-regional A333s (reverse herringbone Cirrus J product and new Y). The (re-)introduction of the 744 to these places wouldn't be a good look, seeing that there's a world of a difference between the two hard products. I don't understand why they would suddenly decide to keep them as they've accelerated the disposal of the 744 fleet and I also believe that the 77Ws are still replacing them on a rate of about one for one.

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