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 duckling' 744's but it makes no sense because CX doesn't already operate CF6-80 powered aircraft like QF already did when it bought 3 GE-powered 744's (they already had GE powered 763's). I suspect that they would rather buy BA stock since they're more likely to have flown less cycles than the MH's ones considering that BA mostly use them for long-range flights of 10 hrs+. Then again, as I said, if CX can get some for very, very cheap, then they may even try the GE powered 744.
TEDSKI, can you explain why they should get rid of those 343's? They serve the airline well, they wouldn't be adding to the fleet if they weren't. They're good for low-density routes to Europe, where I can see them expanding, MXP perhaps or a return to ZRH. They're also good for long-range North American routes where there is less demand due to season and traffic density doesn't warrant a 744. The operating costs of the A340-500 are higher than the A340-300 because not only are the engines bigger and there is more fuel capacity, but also there is extra crew needed. Although this can be offset by the extra pax that the A340-500 can carry, I think CX still considers them too expensive, they will wait, and since they have a foot in both Boeing and Airbus camps, they will them off in about 5 years time and try to get an A340-300 replacement. Or try to do a QF and get the A340-500's for very cheap with a combined A380-800 deal...
A lot of this is speculation. However, my point is that getting rid of aircraft just because they are the only planes with GE/SNECMA CFM56-5C engines is not a logical reason to get rid of an aircraft that serves CX very, very well.
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