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Rumor: Cathay To Keep 11 Of 12 Remaining B744

Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:14 am

Rumor in HKG is that Cathay have shelved plans to retire the last 11 of 12 B744s in the fleet.

5 -400s scheduled for retirement in 2014, 1 already gone, the 4 other are to stay now.

11 of the 12 744s in the fleet have the new F and J seat color schemes and have premium Y cabins added.

Starting September 2014 they will be flying only short and medium haul from HKG and will remain in the fleet until the arrival of the A350 and B779.

Safe to say that CX will not be going with a interim 747-8i solution.
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RE: Rumor: Cathay To Keep 11 Of 12 Remaining B744

Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:08 am

Anyone know how old these B744's are ?
 
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RE: Rumor: Cathay To Keep 11 Of 12 Remaining B744

Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:10 am

That's pretty incredible. That means these will be in service up to 2020. The oldest is 25 years old at the moment, and a mixture of RR and PW.
 
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RE: Rumor: Cathay To Keep 11 Of 12 Remaining B744

Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:20 am

Not true. I just asked the fleet planning manager about this rumour this morning. The original 747 retirement plan still stands. The 777 delivery schedule has been accelerated slightly.
 
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RE: Rumor: Cathay To Keep 11 Of 12 Remaining B744

Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:25 am

Bluff maybe to get Boeing to drop the 747-8 price?
 
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RE: Rumor: Cathay To Keep 11 Of 12 Remaining B744

Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:34 am

I wouldn't give much credit to these rumors.
Many people were convinced CX would get the 748i and that rumor was running around quite a lot as well.

That being said, the 744s are useful on the regional network.
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RE: Rumor: Cathay To Keep 11 Of 12 Remaining B744

Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:35 am

Quoting CX Flyboy (Reply 3):
Not true.

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RE: Rumor: Cathay To Keep 11 Of 12 Remaining B744

Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:13 am

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 1):

Some of them are 19-21 years old. My sister flown on one of them couple of weeks ago and when I mentioned her before her flight that her jet is 20 years old..she was worried !! lol. She is not aviation freak like me so she doesn't know they are maintained etc...good looking birds but I guess time to retire. The one she flown is going to retire in 2014 for sure.
 
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RE: Rumor: Cathay To Keep 11 Of 12 Remaining B744

Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:28 am

2nd of May, the 25th anniversary of B(VR)-HOPs first flight. Delivered 8th June 1989.

Line No. 728 (#11-744) the 8th 744 to be delivered from Boeing.
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RE: Rumor: Cathay To Keep 11 Of 12 Remaining B744

Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:54 am

Quoting CCA (Reply 8):

2nd of May, the 25th anniversary of B(VR)-HOPs first flight. Delivered 8th June 1989.

Line No. 728 (#11-744) the 8th 744 to be delivered from Boeing.

Judging from the flight hour records of retired CX-744s B-HOP must have passed 120.000 flight hours by now (B-HOO clocked 103.000 hours in 21 years).
 
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RE: Rumor: Cathay To Keep 11 Of 12 Remaining B744

Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:19 pm

In Cathay's route map what qualifies as Medium Haul ? Australia, India, Dubai, Qatar or only Tokyo or Seoul ?
 
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RE: Rumor: Cathay To Keep 11 Of 12 Remaining B744

Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:25 pm

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 10):

Possibly yes, with the exception of Japan (I think they're in a funny category in between regional and medium haul, as shown by what CX sends there).

The issue wouldn't be that, but more of a case of a non standard product. Australia, India and the Middle East are just about completely served with non-regional A333s (reverse herringbone Cirrus J product and new Y). The (re-)introduction of the 744 to these places wouldn't be a good look, seeing that there's a world of a difference between the two hard products. I don't understand why they would suddenly decide to keep them as they've accelerated the disposal of the 744 fleet and I also believe that the 77Ws are still replacing them on a rate of about one for one.
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