Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 372 posts, RR: 2 Posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2129 times:
According to a reliable source the five Cathay Pacific 747-300s in PIA's fleet are to remain in the White scheme as part of the deal, Cathay Pacific want it that way, and that is why the then MD had brought in the floral tail to spruce it up, why is this so? any CX people here to explain
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 372 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2040 times:
Isnt four years too long a period for them to be in this state? any other airlines with long term leases operating aircraft in incomplete livery? I think Cathay should allow PIA to paint them in their full colours
Hkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1972 times:
Maybe CX thought there was a chance that PIA could prematurely terminate the leases? Having the aircraft in a predominantly white colour would mean that CX could more easily lease them out to other carriers on a short term basis.
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GF-A330 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 1643 posts, RR: 3 Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1835 times:
PIA management are currently deciding on the aircraft types for the fleet renewal program. Most recently it was rumoured that PIA would be acquiring 6x used ATR 42's to replace ageing F-27's, with a few nearing towards the age of 38 !
They are being tight lipped about the 777. I'm hearing some reports that the aircraft is being painted in the PIA color scheme and others suggesting that the deal is off, because the Finance minister did not find it financially viable for the airline to make such big purchases. Instead the government officials, recommended to PIA that they purchase 8 second hand A310 aircraft. These will be implemented to replace 4 747-200s and 2 747 combis, which is costing the airline alot of dollars to maintain them to airworthiness.
I'm not too sure about the A300's. Many have been written off, or withdrawn from service permanently due to corrosion.
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 372 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1789 times:
I dont know of any other airline operating long term lease equipment in half a livery, four years is a very long time for them to carry on this way.
PIA already suffer from a bad image, for those who dont know of their service and ground handling problems the livery is the only thing they know and see about PIA and for PK to bring that shoddy attitude to the exterior of the aircraft on demand from someone else is just too much.
I dont think CX have any right to dictate how PIA should keep their planes especially since under the new agreement 90% of the lease is in PIA's favour literally making them like owners of the planes, PIA should paint the aircraft in full without regard to the deal, more so now since they have reverted to the Green belly livery and thats their official scheme, If this petty issue bothers Cathay so much then they can take back the planes and have them stand idle in some desert.
What if KLM had leased these planes? would they operate them in a white livery for four years? Id like to see CX dictate terms to them
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16110 posts, RR: 57 Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1752 times:
Well, if the exterior paint is important enough to PIA, they are free to lease 743's from other carriers instead. CX absolutely has the right to dictate the paint since they are the owners, however reasonable or unreasonable it is.
Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
Bigmo747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 306 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1737 times:
I agree with yyz717, it's really pretty simple-- A lease is a lease and outright ownership is outright ownership. If u lease a Honda from a Honda dealership, at the end of the lease if nothing else the car has to be in the same color.
If Pia really want the 743's in their full scheme, they should make a deal with Cathay stating that if Pia do not purchase the aircraft at the end of the agreement, they will return the aircraft in the condition in which they were received (at least externally). I personally feel that Pia should receive a new livery altogether!! A few weeks ago i saw a few possible new designs of the livery in the same silver paint as Virgin--now that would bring a new refreshed look to PIA.
GF-A330, thanks for the update and let's keep our fingers crossed about the possible new 777's. I don't think that the A-310's would be suitable to PIA's needs--what would be nice is to see some 744's in their line up. Maybe they could get some used one's from Malaysian or thru Boeing.
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 372 posts, RR: 2 Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1724 times:
What you said makes sense Bigmo747, regarding PIA agreeing to return the aircraft to CX as white but painting them in their full colours while theyre in service with PK.
Yyz717-Incase you are not aware PIA was forced to change the eight years 'young' livery of their entire fleet just because of the lease of these five planes, why? because CX told them to keep the 743s mostly white, as I mentioned above would KLM or any other airline that are concious of their image operate half painted aircraft in their fleet for five years one of which will be over in April, would an airline like KLM choose to go all white and drop their colours because the company that has leased the planes to them wants them to stay white? why do PIA have to put up with this, and no PIA are not bothered about colouring the planes thats the sad part and thats what I meant when I said its sad to see them bring their service apathy to the exterior image of their planes too, do they have to remain third rate always? why
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16110 posts, RR: 57 Reply 13, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1722 times:
There is nothing stopping PIA from leasing different 743's or new/used aircraft altogether. Then they can paint them as they choose. If PIA finances are poor and the CX lease is the only one they can get, that is their problem.
PIA's image is perhaps not that important. PIA has a lock on the Pakistani-ethnic travel market and is unlikely to lose that over a colour scheme change.
Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 372 posts, RR: 2 Reply 14, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1678 times:
Bigmo747-The Silver paint although very attractive is too high maintainence so its not suitable for PIA, they could go for a lighter Grey like SAS, as for the condition of the 747-300, dont even bother to ask, I dont think CX will even want to touch them with a ten foot pole, once the lease is over, they will probably gift them to PIA
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 372 posts, RR: 2 Reply 17, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1626 times:
Since CX wont be putting the aircraft in service with them, why not allow PIA to paint them unconditionally? as for the condition of the planes, well theres Duct tape holding bits and pieces throughout the interior, the carpeting actually has BALD patches, so disgraceful its unbelieveable, the seat covers are dull and worn out, theyre originals from CX own interiors and its difficult to figure out wether they were Green or Blue or a mix of both actually theyre more on the Grey side now, the PTV screens are scratched and many do not even work, wonder how the fax machine is doing? the main projection screen is also scratched, what else? everything seems dirty and dull, seat handles are grimy, PTV controls touch system is damaged, furnishing is chipped, some of the over head bins have become loose, out side I actually thought part of the wing was stuck with some kind of rubbery adhesive as I had used when in school. Oh well, whats new