Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13745 posts, RR: 19 Posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2994 times:
China Airlines has said that it is inclined to buy Boeing 747s to replace the long-haul fleet.
"For long-haul airplanes, we are leaning towards 744s (747-400s)." Roger Han said the plan to buy 12 A300-600Rs has not been finalised. He also did not say how many planes would be bought.
After pressure from the U.S.A., China Airlines is likely to buy 10 Boeing 747-400s and 12 Airbus A330s says the AWSJ.
To replace the A300-600Rs already at China Airlines, either the A330 or the Boeing 777 will be purchased. "For the replacement of A300-600Rs, we will only pick one type under the principle of simplifying our fleet," Han added.
The final deal is expected to be announced at the end of 2002.
MIA777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 1165 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2702 times:
First off, it never even says they are buying more A300-600R...that would be ridiculous if they did anyways...my question is: It says in the article that average age of the A300s is 9 years...why are they retiring them (and generally airliners as a whole)? NW has DC-9s that are over 30 years old! Is it just to minimize a/c diversity? I can't imagine buyign new planes could be more expensive than the maintnence of ones originally owned...