swiftski
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Cathay To SGN - Which Type?

Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:25 pm

Hi,

I am scheduled to fly HKG-SGN-HKG on 26th and 30th September, on flights CX767 and CX764.

Per the booking page online, one flight is a 333 and the other a 343. On the CX schedule page however, it is listed as "aircraft may vary".

Does anyone know which type is scheduled to fly on my trip?


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RE: Cathay To SGN - Which Type?

Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:39 pm

Quoting Swiftski (Thread starter):
Per the booking page online, one flight is a 333 and the other a 343.

Those are the aircraft you will be flying on (small chance of late minute change)

Quoting Swiftski (Thread starter):
On the CX schedule page however, it is listed as "aircraft may vary".

The aircraft on this route may vary so 1 day it might be a 333, then a 744 then a 343. Where as routes such as QF BNE-LAX is ALWAYS on a 744.

Your booking page is more reliable than the online schedule
 
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RE: Cathay To SGN - Which Type?

Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:52 pm

Quoting TruemanQLD (Reply 1):
Your booking page is more reliable than the online schedule

In general, yes. But a few years ago I was on a CX flight DMK-HKG which showed an A333 on the day before the flight (in the travel agency's reservation system), but when I showed up for the flight, it was an A343. Cathay is very flexible on the short flights in Asia.
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RE: Cathay To SGN - Which Type?

Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:54 pm

Quoting RedChili (Reply 2):

In general, yes. But a few years ago I was on a CX flight DMK-HKG which showed an A333 on the day before the flight (in the travel agency's reservation system), but when I showed up for the flight, it was an A343. Cathay is very flexible on the short flights in Asia.

Yes can change types even 4 hrs before departure.
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RE: Cathay To SGN - Which Type?

Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:59 pm

Quoting Zeke (Reply 3):
Yes can change types even 4 hrs before departure

What happens to those passengers who have checked-in online? Assuming a 772 to 343 change, the seat numbers will be very different?!
 
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RE: Cathay To SGN - Which Type?

Sun Sep 09, 2007 7:11 pm

Quoting RedChili (Reply 2):
In general, yes. But a few years ago I was on a CX flight DMK-HKG which showed an A333 on the day before the flight (in the travel agency's reservation system), but when I showed up for the flight, it was an A343. Cathay is very flexible on the short flights in Asia

Yes but no one can tell you than until hours before the flight, but generally it is what the booking page says. It might be changed if it was originally on a 744 but the passenger numbers could fit a 333 they might change it
 
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RE: Cathay To SGN - Which Type?

Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:00 pm

Quoting RedChili (Reply 2):
In general, yes. But a few years ago I was on a CX flight DMK-HKG which showed an A333 on the day before the flight (in the travel agency's reservation system), but when I showed up for the flight, it was an A343. Cathay is very flexible on the short flights in Asia.

Don't CX 333s have more seats than 343s and are cheaper to operate? So what is the advantage of switching to a 343?
 
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RE: Cathay To SGN - Which Type?

Tue Sep 11, 2007 12:35 am

Quoting Cchan (Reply 6):
Don't CX 333s have more seats than 343s and are cheaper to operate? So what is the advantage of switching to a 343?

Well you have got to do something with the A340s during the day when they are not flying longhaul. Can't have them all sitting around waiting for the next longhaul. The longhaul fleet all play an important part in shorthaul operations between the long flights. Also it could be a crew issue as not all Airbus pilots are cross qualified on the A330 and A340, and A340 crews need to fly shorthaul flights sometimes as well.
 
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RE: Cathay To SGN - Which Type?

Tue Sep 11, 2007 4:37 am

Quoting Cchan (Reply 6):
Don't CX 333s have more seats than 343s and are cheaper to operate? So what is the advantage of switching to a 343?

I think A330 is cheaper to operate than A340 on short haul route. At least A330 weight less than 340 without (crew rest area ) LDMCR.

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RE: Cathay To SGN - Which Type?

Tue Sep 11, 2007 4:42 am

Quoting Cchan (Reply 6):
Don't CX 333s have more seats than 343s and are cheaper to operate? So what is the advantage of switching to a 343?

I think A330 is cheaper to operate than A340 on short haul route. At least A330 weight less than 340 without (crew rest area ) LDMCR. If both a/c types and crew are available, A330 will be the one to go.

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RE: Cathay To SGN - Which Type?

Tue Sep 11, 2007 5:03 am

Quoting Cchan (Reply 4):
What happens to those passengers who have checked-in online? Assuming a 772 to 343 change, the seat numbers

I always wondered the same thing-I flew PHX-DFW supposed to be on a 752 it was upgraded to a 763 and the gate agent made an announcement if you had printed out your boarding pass online you need to check in and get reassigned.
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