latintraveller
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CI 747 With The New IFE: What Routes?

Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:38 pm

Hey guys. I'm planning out a trip to Thailand, and one of the options is to fly CI LAX-TPE-BKK and back.


I was wondering what, if any, are the chances that the 747 with the new IFE would be present on my days (May 19 coming back June 3)

Also, what routes does this aircraft normally fly?

Any tips appreciated!
 
malaysia
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RE: CI 747 With The New IFE: What Routes?

Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:09 am

Well

To be honest with you, its a hit or miss, I flew the Dutch Rust Bucket even from TPE-SFO last week. (well its the 744s that had been on the TPE-BKK-AMS route for ages) the one with the old seats and bluish purple arm rests along with cranes and storks engraving on the side panels. CI's oldest configuration in service. Well I think it consists of 3 744s dont remember the registration numbers, the rest are still main screen but with my favorite seat (with the fixed side head rests), then comes the new seats with PTV, which first were introduced on the 343.

I have flown the new PTV 744 from LAX-TPE with regular colors and a 777 overhead bin interior, I once did fly that same config on the CI Dreamliner from TPE-HKG-BKK at another time like 2 years ago.

I noticed that the CI 744s that have the new interiors and upgrades were GE powered 744

While the PW 744s I have been on were either the much older config and the last main screen config.

I would just book CI, cause its probably the best deal, and also the meals in economy are much larger and better than the economy class meals on BR and pretty comparible to the BR Elite meals as well plus you saved a lot more money on the airfare.

I take the night flight always from LAX, so I can just sleep, I dont need to deal with IFE.
same goes for the return too.

CI can get you out of BKK much later in the day than others, even with a BKK departure around 5pm.
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RE: CI 747 With The New IFE: What Routes?

Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:30 am

All of the flights between LAX-TPE-LAX on the days you mentioned are currently scheduled to be operated by 744's in the new configuration which is equipped with the 777 style interior as Malaysia mentioned. There could always be a last minute equipment change for maintenance reasons, however, so there are no guarantees.
 
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RE: CI 747 With The New IFE: What Routes?

Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:43 am

CI's C-configuration 744s are assigned to LAX, FRA, and NRT, IIRC.
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coolfish1103
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RE: CI 747 With The New IFE: What Routes?

Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:57 am

74C is currently operating in...

CI 0005/6 TPE-LAX v.v.
CI 0007/8 TPE-LAX v.v.
CI 0100/1 TPE-NRT v.v.

Flights to Hong Kong and Mainland China may see 74C operating, but it's a hit and miss.

Flights to Bangkok will almost always have AVOD except the one with AMS tagged (cause that's the only one with 744).

China Airlines currently only have 2 B747-400 configuration.

B747-400: 14F/64C/319Y
B747-400C: 12F/49J/314Y

744 is currently operating in...

CI 0003/4 TPE-SFO v.v.
CI 0011/2 TPE-ANC-JFK v.v. (TPE-KIX-JFK v.v. in the near future, if announced)
CI 0017/8 TPE-NRT-HNL v.v.
CI 0065/6 TPE-BKK-AMS v.v.
CI 0106/7 TPE-NRT v.v. (333 rarely)
CI 0771/2 TPE-DPS v.v. (333 rarely)

All cross-strait charters and selective flights to Hong Kong.
 
latintraveller
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RE: CI 747 With The New IFE: What Routes?

Thu Apr 09, 2009 4:06 am

So 74C means what exactly?

Also how many planes are configured in the new interiors with the AVOD?

Right now, I'm eyeing out going thru NRT with NH, but if there is more of a possibility to get on the new CI with the AVOD, I'll take it
 
coolfish1103
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RE: CI 747 With The New IFE: What Routes?

Thu Apr 09, 2009 4:36 am

74C is the new aircraft with Boeing Signature interior and PTV w/AVOD in Economy.

There's 4 of them in the configuration of 74C.
CI 0007/8 is almost always 74C, CI 0005/6 is mostly 74C, unless you are really unlucky.
 
latintraveller
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RE: CI 747 With The New IFE: What Routes?

Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:45 am

Thanks. Does anyone know how, if there is any possible way to know for sure?
 
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RE: CI 747 With The New IFE: What Routes?

Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:06 pm

There's no way that anyone can answer you for sure that you will get the aircraft with PTV because there can always be a last minute aircraft rotation. This route gets 74C on the most frequent basis.
 
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RE: CI 747 With The New IFE: What Routes?

Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:36 am

WHAAAHH??? CI now have PTV's???? Gosh!! Its about time eyy??

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