A388
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Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines 777LR Status?

Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:31 pm

Hi,

Some time ago I saw photo of the Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines 777-200LR (registered 3C-LLS) and it was parked in Hamburg back than. Today I saw new photos of the aircraft still being parked in Hamburg but this time with the registration, owner titles, stickers now having been removed. On wikipedia it is mentioned that this 777 is stored and to me that would indicate that the aircraft is either for sale or lease and that the airline concerned (in this case Ceiba Intercontinental) will not take the aircraft anymore.

Has this airline abandoned the use of this brandnew 777-200LR? What's the future of this brandnew aircraft? Any takers (EK or QR seeing that the aircraft is still brandnew or is it a VIP configured aircraft)?

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RE: Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines 777LR Status?

Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:53 pm

The aircraft in undergoing interior fitting at Lufthansa Technik in HAM. The interior fitting can take anywhere from a few months to over a year for a aircraft of this size.

Many other private B737/74/75/76/77s and AB's have been placed in long term storage at HAM while the engineers plan and customize the fitting of the aircraft. Every customer places a unique order for their aircraft which means that everything is practically custom made in the LH technik shops, which just happens to take a long time.

The Saudi B744 HZ-HM1 fitted at Jetaviation in BSL was in storage for almost two years before finally being fitted.
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RE: Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines 777LR Status?

Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:02 pm

That explains it a bit and I know VIP aircraft can take longer for interior fitting but why is every identifiable marking on this aircraft covered up? Why hide it?

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RE: Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines 777LR Status?

Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:38 am

Quoting A388 (Reply 2):

Is there a chance the deal with a lessor fell through? I've seen aircraft painted in shiny new liveries and get to the fitting stage just when the deal falls apart ... it happened with Royal Brunei a few years back trying to acquire a UA/ex-Varig B772 -- I saw it about to be fitted at MZJ just after being painted in full Brunei livery but the deal fell apart and the aircraft was obviously never delivered. It seems to me that if the aircraft is being fitted and all is well (regardless of the length of time to fit the aircraft) that they wouldn't bother covering the reg, logo, name, etc., particularly if it was just painted ... that typically only happens when the airline is no longer associated with the aircraft.

I think the questions you're raising are certainly valid because it doesn't sound to me like all is going according to plan.
 
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RE: Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines 777LR Status?

Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:06 pm

Quoting atcsundevil (Reply 3):
that typically only happens when the airline is no longer associated with the aircraft.

I think the questions you're raising are certainly valid because it doesn't sound to me like all is going according to plan.

Yes, that is what I meant. It also seems strange to me that every identifiable marking has now been covered. I guess time will tell...

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RE: Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines 777LR Status?

Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:56 pm

Quoting atcsundevil (Reply 3):
it happened with Royal Brunei a few years back trying to acquire a UA/ex-Varig B772 -- I saw it about to be fitted at MZJ just after being painted in full Brunei livery but the deal fell apart and the aircraft was obviously never delivered

Actually two 777's were painted in the colors of Royal Brunei and there is a picture of them side by side somewhere----both these aircraft happily went on to Transaero where they are active today.....

However Boeing 777 (Serial # 27108---line #17) still sits at Wallops Island where it is impounded since the Government of Gabon refuses to pay the $10 million dollar outfitting bill.......seems to me that with the 777 being such a hot commodity that they ought to sell this one as well to Transaero.....
 
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RE: Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines 777LR Status?

Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:39 pm

Quoting Qantas744ER (Reply 1):
The Saudi B744 HZ-HM1 fitted at Jetaviation in BSL was in storage for almost two years before finally being fitted.

Forgive me for being ignorant, but the dimensions of a 744 cabin are known long before the actual airframe is delivered, no? What does them stop from making sure all interior parts are lined up for installation as soon as the airframe arrives..?
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