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Last flight of Cathay’s passenger 747 scheduled

After operating several variants of the 747 on passenger flights for more than three decades, Cathay has tentatively scheduled a last revenue flight for the type. The flight will be CX543 from Tokyo Haneda (HND) back to Hong Kong (HKG) and will take place on the 1st of October 2016. The flight is scheduled to depart HND at 10:45 JST (9:45 HKT) and arrive at HKG around 15:05HKT. The HKG-HND-HKG route is currently operated by Cathay’s two remaining passenger 744’s, which have been retired from long-haul service. It is unknown if Cathay will ever operate the 747-8 on passenger flights, however it sadly seems very unlikely as Boeing has been slowing down 747-8 production in the past year due to low demand. While I may find some comfort in knowing that Cathay will still fly freighter 747’s for years to come, it’s truly saddening to see the retirement of my favorite aircraft.

Hong Kong to get 3 new 787 Dreamliner routes.

In the past week, Qatar Airways, All Nippon Airways, and Japan Airlines have announced the deployment of Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s on their routes to Hong Kong. Starting from summer of 2016, JAL replace the current 767-300ER’s currently operating the Sapporo (CTS) to HKG with 787-8’s. Subsequently, in September, ANA will replace the 777-200ER’s on their Tokyo Haneda (HND) to HKG with 787-9’s. Finally, Qatar Airways will replace the Airbus A330-200’s on their Doha (DOH) to HKG route with 787-8’s in October. This is good news for HKG spotters, as we will be able to see 787 Dreamliner’s from three additional carriers. Currently, the only 787’s flying into HKG on a regular basis belong to Scoot, Air India, Kenyan Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Royal Jordanian.

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