Lutfi From China, joined Sep 2000, 763 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3661 times:
Cathay Pacific Airways has placed firm orders for three more Airbus A330-300s and three more Boeing 777-300s.
The oneworld alliance carrier says the aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2003 and 2004. Rolls-Royce engines will power all six aircraft, as with its existing A330s and 777s.
“The decision to order the new aircraft reflects the company’s commitment to maintain the long-term growth of the airline,” Hong Kong’s main carrier says in a statement.
“Current conditions in the supply market also make this an attractive time to purchase new aircraft.”
Cathay’s fleet comprises 75 aircraft but five passenger aircraft and two freighters have been temporarily parked as a result of a drop in business following the 11 September terrorist attacks in the USA.
It says current plans call for four parked passenger aircraft and one freighter to be returned to service later this year.
CX 4ever From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2963 times:
CX says the above purchase is designed for regional network only and it is now planning for the long-haul network. Cathay Pacific says it has now considering the B747-400XQLR and the A380. It may also purchase some second hand B747-400.
The Coachman From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1425 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2900 times:
Their oldest plane is a B747-400 that is only 12-13 years old!
It'd have one of the youngest fleets in the world, surely.
I can how they're going for a slow and steady retirement of the B747-400 fleet, with the replacement either to be the -400XQLR or the A380. The thing with CX is where could it possibly deploy the BigBird? LHR ok, LAX ok, YVR perhaps. I think it's too big for CX's current plans, perhaps the -400XQLR is a better idea, or more A340-600's. I think the new A330-300's will be used on regional routes to replace the A340-300's that are sometimes used on regionals. The B777-300's will be used to upgrade capacity. I can see the A340-300's to be used on expanding into new markets, since the aircraft is the smallest capacity aircraft they have.
Hkg82 From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2002, 1258 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2845 times:
This is great news!
In light of the recent aircraft order I don't think CX is planning to restart passenger flights into China, they haven't made an announcement on this matter yet. They'll probably deploy the new aircraft on their current Asian & Australian routes, or hopefully maybe even open new routes!!
I would have thought using smaller A320 or 737 aircraft on a shuttle service would be better for China, because it's harder to get the higher turnaround times using larger planes.
TEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2802 times:
Isn't CX receiving some new RR Trent 500 powered A340-600s that are being leased? I think they ought to get rid of their GE/SNECMA CFM56-5C powered A340-300s for RR Trent powered A340-500s or 777-200ERs for their long range Pacific routes to the US West Coast.
25 The Coachman
: BA seems to want to get rid of some surplus 744's and MAS does have some surplus, but MH's are GE-engined. They could do a QF and buy some 'ugly duckl
: I saw an article about this somewhere myself... Good news for CX!!!
: The press release said that Cathay had currently 19 A330-300s in their fleet. I thought they had 20: running HLA through HLT. I know HLK is in storage
: I personally think that it's a good timing because of the depressed prices of these planes right now, but the HK i-mail thinks otherwise! http://hk-im
29 Cx flyboy
: I strongly disagree with that editorial. 911 was but a small blip on the long-term fleet plan of most airlines. It's only been just over a half year s
: For flying to US West Coast, using A340 is a much better choice than 777200ER. Most logical and reasonable fact being A340 is 4engined and 772 is a 2
31 Red Panda
: congrads, Cathay. CX829, if I can decide, I would get A340-500 for our route i.s.o. 744. At least, newer. r panda
: Andrewtang, "For flying to US West Coast, using A340 is a much better choice than 777200ER. Most logical and reasonable fact being A340 is 4engined an
: The primary reason why CX has such a large A330-300 fleet is simple: there were built as L1011 replacements, and they have served very well on CX's in