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Air China 747 Retirement

Sat Jun 16, 2012 1:32 am

First off, if this topic has been discussed, I apologize. I did a search and could not find anything.

It looks as though Air China now only operates the 777-300 on its LAX-PEK service. Does anyone know when the remaining 747 on this route was changed to a 777? A friend of mine flew this route recently on a 747. Also, when will all 747's be retired from the Air China Fleet. As of now there still appears to be at least one operating SFO-PEK.

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RE: Air China 747 Retirement

Sat Jun 16, 2012 1:43 am

They have a LOI for 5 747-8Is which could be firmed up soon but as for the 744 PAX and Combis fleets I think there is still a small number flying on 2-3 long haul routes for the NW12/13.
 
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RE: Air China 747 Retirement

Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:25 am

Are there plans to upgrade the JFK flights any time soon?
 
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RE: Air China 747 Retirement

Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:21 am

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 2):
Are there plans to upgrade the JFK flights any time soon?

Yes, starting October 1, the JFK flight will switch from a B744 to a B77W.
 
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RE: Air China 747 Retirement

Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:38 pm

Quoting je89_w (Reply 3):

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 2):
Are there plans to upgrade the JFK flights any time soon?

Yes, starting October 1, the JFK flight will switch from a B744 to a B77W.


Yaay! I'll have to go see it!
 
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RE: Air China 747 Retirement

Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:47 pm

CA has two flights at LAX.
CA983/984 went 777 last October, while CA987/989 has been a mix of 744 and 777, however has been all 777 since June 1st.
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RE: Air China 747 Retirement

Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:47 am

Understand its off the topic but it's amazing how times have changed... Probably just over 10 years ago CA operated the B744 on the SYD route and now it's operated by a A332...

Any product enhancements on the B77W...?

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RE: Air China 747 Retirement

Sun Jun 17, 2012 3:01 am

They introduces a new F suite, a new C class with the same lie-flat diamond seat that UA/CO have and also Y class gets Thales avod.

Here is a virtual tour of the 77W

http://mil.news.sina.com.cn/nz/airchina777/index.shtml

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RE: Air China 747 Retirement

Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:39 am

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 7):

Cheers... Thanks for sharing the photos...

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RE: Air China 747 Retirement

Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:45 am

Air China´s 744 arent old yet, so to talk about retirement appears a bit premature to me.

Likely the option for 748Is will be converted to orders soon, so we maybe will see a thread with the same title here in 25 years from now!
 
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RE: Air China 747 Retirement

Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:18 am

The utilisation in June 12, to date, appears to be:

B-2443, B-2445, B-2447 (all pax variants): purely used on PEK-JFK-PEK
B-2467, B-2468, B-2469, B-2470, B-2471 (all combi variants - but in all pax config?): used on PEK-SFO-PEK, PEK-HGH-FRA-HGH-PEK and some flights to SZX and CAN
B-2472 (all pax variant): I believe this to be solely used on government flights, appears to be planned to operate CPH-SJD today

So in summary, the main remaining routes are only JFK, SFO and FRA. It doesn't seem likely that the full current active fleet of 9 aircraft will be needed much longer (B-2460 has already gone to Air China Cargo).
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