Air China; in need of cabin refurbishments?

Old May 13, 19, 2:30 am
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Air China; in need of cabin refurbishments?

I was recently looking through JetPhotos and found this cabin photo of a CA 744:
https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9254062
As you can see, it was taken in February this year, but the cabin hasn't been refurbished. The 744s in Air China's fleet date back to the mid-1990s. During that time CA has never even BOTHERED to refurbish their 744 cabins. Do you think they need refurbishing?
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Old May 13, 19, 2:33 am
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Originally Posted by lucas.zhu View Post
I was recently looking through JetPhotos and found this cabin photo of a CA 744:
https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9254062
As you can see, it was taken in February this year, but the cabin hasn't been refurbished. The 744s in Air China's fleet date back to the mid-1990s. During that time CA has never even BOTHERED to refurbish their 744 cabins. Do you think they need refurbishing?
Why would they refurbish planes they have been in the process of phasing out?
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Old May 13, 19, 10:41 am
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They seem to only have 3 B744s out of a total fleet of over 400 aircraft. You'd have to be unlucky...
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Afaik regular scheduled 744 service ended some time ago.
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Old May 13, 19, 1:45 pm
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Originally Posted by Chinatrvl View Post
Afaik regular scheduled 744 service ended some time ago.
They still fly PEK-SHA 2 to 3 times per day.
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Old May 13, 19, 5:32 pm
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Originally Posted by Chinatrvl View Post
Afaik regular scheduled 744 service ended some time ago.
I saw one 747 of Air China parked at a passenger gate at SFO last week. I don't fly Air China, so I have no need to investigate.
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Old May 13, 19, 5:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Mama View Post
I saw one 747 of Air China at SFO last week. I don't fly Air China, so I have no need to investigate.
747-8 (still in service, from PEK to SFO / JFK / FRA etc) is much newer than the 747-4
It is a different story.
Anyways, I believe some fleets of CA need to be modernized / phase out
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Old May 13, 19, 5:39 pm
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Originally Posted by moondog View Post
They still fly PEK-SHA 2 to 3 times per day.
According to FR24, B-2445 still goes to SZX, SHA, PEK, CAN
so the 747-4 are domestic flights,
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Old May 13, 19, 7:27 pm
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I saw one 747 of Air China parked at a passenger gate at SFO last week. I don't fly Air China, so I have no need to investigate.
Probably a charter.
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Originally Posted by moondog View Post
Probably a charter.
Or B747-800 (poster has not mentioned which type of B747 they saw).

B747-800's have full IFE in all cabins.
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He posted a picture, and the caption says 744
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Old May 16, 19, 6:27 am
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Originally Posted by moondog View Post
He posted a picture, and the caption says 744
My comment was about B747 other poster saw in SFO, not the picture posed by OP.
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My comment was about B747 other poster saw in SFO, not the picture posed by OP.
Ah, I see. Since CA flies 748s to SFO, odds are pretty high that's what it was.
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In my view, Air China is the least commercially oriented of the Chinese Big 3. More so than its Chinese peers, Air China service offerings reflect a desire to please regulators instead of to earn revenue. This desire to please is reflected in the quality of the cabin interiors.
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Old May 18, 19, 3:42 am
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But listen to this encounter I had;
back in 2017 I was planespotting at Sydney and saw a CA 744 land overhead. I was bewildered. How come a 744 of CA land in my home city? Then I realized it was a prime ministerial flight coming in from China. Mr. Li Keqiang, Premier of The Communist Party of The People's Republic of China. I noticed the registration was B-2447. Upon seeing that name, I was silent. I've seen all the photos on the big shot airplane photo databases, e.g. Airliners.net and JetPhotos.com. It's been EVERYWHERE. Even to North Korea! What do you think about that appearance in SYD?
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