No A380s out of HKG?

Old Jul 1, 20, 5:44 am
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No A380s out of HKG?

Last time I flew HKG to LHR it was on the A380, but checking flights for Aug through to Oct it looks to be a 773. Is this due to covid or had they changed to the 777 anyway? Seeing as it's a 777 I might do BKK to LHR instead as it's a 787. It would be a J booking fyi.
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Old Jul 1, 20, 5:46 am
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The whole A380 fleet is in storage. If and when the A380 will return is unclear, but unlikely to happen until autumn at the earliest. For now it will be the 777.
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Old Jul 1, 20, 5:47 am
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BA are mostly using 777,787 and A350s as these are the most economical jets. The 747s may or may not be back, the A380s are not very economical either so their future isnít bright. More in the July and August schedule change threads.
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Old Jul 1, 20, 5:51 am
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Thanks folks. Would you choose a 3 hour flight in economy (Taiwan to BKK) in order to fly J on a 787 or a 1 hour flight (to HKG) in economy to then fly J on a 777? Or maybe you don't care either way?
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Old Jul 1, 20, 6:04 am
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Thanks folks. Would you choose a 3 hour flight in economy (Taiwan to BKK) in order to fly J on a 787 or a 1 hour flight (to HKG) in economy to then fly J on a 777? Or maybe you don't care either way?
I'd flight direct on China Airlines, but that would be OT.
Failing that, I'd get the 787 for the coffin seat in J. I don't have big issues in jumping past the legs of those in the aisle and I quite like the extra room at shoulder level in that seat.
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I would not add an extra 1000 miles to the journey especially with an additional 2 hours in economy class - would class that as madness
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Old Jul 1, 20, 6:09 am
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Dave, BKK is kind of on the way haha. 13901, coffin seat??
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Old Jul 1, 20, 6:18 am
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B787 for me.
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Originally Posted by dingobingo View Post
Dave, BKK is kind of on the way haha. 13901, coffin seat??
The middle seat of Club, i.e. this guy in the photo below. It's got marginally more space for the right shoulder which I, due to an old injury, appreciate.

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I see a regular A380 captain on Instagram is in the simulator this week so fingers crossed the pilots are being kept ready to fly
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When you intend to fly ?
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Old Jul 1, 20, 6:53 am
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Dave, BKK is kind of on the way haha. 13901, coffin seat??
Basing it on travel to/from TPE ,
LHR-HKG-TPE is 5994 + 501 miles = 6496 miles
LHR-BKK-TPE is 5958 + 1547 miles = 7505 miles

The business class portion of the journey is almost the same ( 36 miles difference ) but the economy part is 3 times the distance

No way would I take such a detour. Personally I would try and get a non stop flight from TPE - In normal times, there are flights between UK and Taiwan; I believe CI flies that route and has a decent product; knock quite a few hours off of the journey

Wouldn't call a 1400 mile detour via Bangkok as being on way between London and Taipei
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colleagues of mine in Taiwan refuse to travel china airlines, they do not trust their safety record.

they usually take Eva air through BKK. Personally i would take the HKG flight on the 777.
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Whatís wrong with the 777-300ER?

Would understand if it was an unrefurbished 772.
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Old Jul 1, 20, 8:06 am
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I would not add an extra 1000 miles to the journey especially with an additional 2 hours in economy class - would class that as madness
This. The 787 is pretty unspecial, certainly not worth going out of your way for.
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