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Cathay Orders 6 Aircraft  
User currently offlineLutfi From China, joined Sep 2000, 775 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 3690 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.


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User currently offlineVictor From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 3452 times:

I just saw this news from cathaypacific.com
Really a good news.... !!!! 3 A330-300s and 3 B777-300s.... So happy to see Cathay Pacific order both airbus and boeing aircrafts. Smile


User currently offlineJesseycy From New Zealand, joined Aug 2001, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 11 hours ago) and read 3350 times:

Good news, good news! I guess they're going to boost regional services with these aircraft...... Maybe they're planning for China if they do get to fly in?

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 11 hours ago) and read 3339 times:

WHAT !!...... Wow is all I can say. I gussed this topic ment they ordered 6 x A300F, not A330's and 773's.

This must be getting much better if they are also getting the stored aircraft back.



User currently offline9V-SPK From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 11 hours ago) and read 3304 times:

Wrong Hkspotter1, CX have placed orders for 3 Airbus and 3 Boeing planes so it's correct. CX will probably place orders for the freighters later.

Anyway, good news! CX really knows how to please passengers and both aircraft manufacters!


User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 10 hours ago) and read 3304 times:

9V-SPK,

Yes I know that, I just mean when I saw the topic I guessed it was the order for freighters.

Anyway like you said this is great news for Hong Kong aviation.


User currently offlineAirbus_A340 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1560 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 9 hours ago) and read 3266 times:

I thought the same thing too Hkgspotter1!

Glad they have ordered these aircraft!

Trevor



People. They make an airline. www.cathaypacific.com
User currently offlineB-HOP From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2000, 637 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 7 hours ago) and read 3203 times:

New planes! New jobs!

How are you HKGSpotter1? I hope to join spotters in Hong Kong again this summer

Regards
Kev



Live life to max!!!
User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4454 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 7 hours ago) and read 3200 times:

Way to go CX! Will be nice to see some newer birds and tail numbers!


"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4454 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 6 hours ago) and read 3166 times:

Do we know which of the 5 aircraft that are parked will return to service?


"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
User currently offlineSOHK From Australia, joined Jul 2001, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 6 hours ago) and read 3132 times:

Good to hear that CX is ordering more aircrafts. Wish that CX will continue to do well.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineCX829 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 3115 times:

Surplus of A/Cs....Hmm.....could you give us a B744 i.s.o. A343 on our route? We badly need one out over here!!!  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 3105 times:

For CX to order the basic 777-300 model with RR Trent 800s and not the GE90-115B powered 777-300ER, tells me that they are staying loyal to Rolls Royce.

User currently offlineB-HXB From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3031 times:

It would be very unlikely for CX to suddenly switch from RR to GE - maintenance and stuff would be a frightful nightmare if so.

Cathay must be Rolls Royce's most loyal airline customer... all of the aircraft in Cathay's fleet are powered by RR (except for the A340-300 where CFM is the only engine available, right?)


User currently offlineCX 4ever From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2992 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.

Stay tunned!

CX 4ever


User currently offlineDuff From New Zealand, joined Oct 2001, 117 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2970 times:

Who's going to fly them? I thought Cathay had a recruitment ban for pilots.

User currently offlineVywh From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2002, 283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2943 times:

Do you know how CX is going to use these 6 planes?CX is going to expand its routes or replace the old planes?

User currently offlineThe Coachman From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1429 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2929 times:

Old planes??

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.



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User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6605 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2907 times:

Great news.......

...the recruitment ban isn't really doing anything. There are more and more pilots joining.


User currently offlineTsentsan From Singapore, joined Jan 2002, 2016 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2893 times:

Would the A340-300s be from SQ?


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User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2892 times:

Possible 2nd hand 744 sources:
BA
Air Namibia
MAS


User currently offlineThe Coachman From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1429 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2872 times:

BA would be the only possible really Donder10, RR engines and all. Unless they could get some MAS or Air Namib for dirt cheap.

I think they'd probably try to get the best price out of Boeing as launch customer rather than buy 2nd hand.



M88, 722, 732, 733, 734, 73G, 73H, 742, 743, 744, 752, 762, 763, 772, 773, 77W, 320, 332, 333, 345, 388, DH8, SF3 - want
User currently offlineHkg82 From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2002, 1297 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2874 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.

Hkg82.



User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 23, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2840 times:

I think BA would like to sell a handful of their 744s.I thought MAS still had several 744s parked.They still have 2 more to come I think and some more 772ERS so they will have excess capacity.

User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2831 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
26 Post contains images Trickijedi : I saw an article about this somewhere myself... Good news for CX!!!
27 B-HXB : 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
28 Post contains links Pacific : 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
30 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 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
32 Hamlet69 : 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
33 RayChuang : 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
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