Which routes for China Airlines 747s?

Old Mar 3, 20, 12:36 am
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Which routes for China Airlines 747s?

Which routes does CI operate their 4(?) remaining 747s?

When are they scheduled to be retired?
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Old Mar 3, 20, 6:44 am
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I was booked on one TPE- BKK and upstairs despite on a mixed PE/Y fare. Alas it was sealed out, likely due to very light load.

I doubt any will fly untill the cries is over.
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Old Mar 3, 20, 7:05 am
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According to flightradar24...

B-18210 did not fly the past week.
B-18211 flown TPE-BKK the past week on 2/29.
B-18212 did not fly the past week.
B-18215 did not fly the past week.

744 was scheduled to retire 2021/2022 but a recent cabin seating cooperation deal with AIDC was released so it's likely the 744 will continue to serve on China Airlines if current seats are replaced.

It's likely no 744s will be in operation for China Airlines in March and April. This could well be extended beyond due to the continue spread of corona virus.
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Old Mar 3, 20, 9:34 am
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AIDC would work hard on a bid for about 600 economy-class seats that CAL needs as it retrofits two older Boeing 747s it plans to sell, Hu said.

Seems they are still going to leave within the next 2-3years at most. I tried to get the 747 in early Feb on a return flight from Italy and onward. Virus crisis ruined that plan.
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Old Mar 10, 20, 1:01 am
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B-18211 was in HK 2 days ago, operating CI915/916
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Old Oct 28, 20, 10:16 am
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Any news on the 747? I do hope they stick around at least for a tiny bit longer...
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Old Oct 29, 20, 9:55 pm
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Originally Posted by deltatrav View Post
Any news on the 747? I do hope they stick around at least for a tiny bit longer...
None of the 744s are in operation other than testing flights.

B-18210
B-18211
B-18212
B-18215

You can check them on flightradar24 and see the only one that had an operation in the past 90 days was B-18212 doing a TPE-TPE loop.
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Old Oct 30, 20, 6:48 am
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Any news on the 747? I do hope they stick around at least for a tiny bit longer...
Latest rumor is that all four will go to VCV by the end of November.
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Old Nov 4, 20, 8:49 pm
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Originally Posted by mckerrow View Post
Latest rumor is that all four will go to VCV by the end of November.
https://flyteam.jp/news/article/129123

These 4 planes will be gone immediately and up for sale (available from 2021 Q1).
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Old Nov 5, 20, 11:25 pm
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Originally Posted by coolfish1103 View Post
https://flyteam.jp/news/article/129123

These 4 planes will be gone immediately and up for sale (available from 2021 Q1).
Possibly candidate for a conversion, those birds are still very young by standard
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Old Nov 6, 20, 1:32 am
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Originally Posted by deltatrav View Post
Any news on the 747? I do hope they stick around at least for a tiny bit longer...
Unfortunately it seems that they want to get rid of them, GA Telesis is being assigned to sell all of the remaining 747s.
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Old Nov 11, 20, 12:01 am
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Well that is very sad. I was hoping to take my son on the 747 one more time so he could remember what it felt like riding on the 2nd floor of the queen of the sky. He is only 5 years old so I doubt he would remember the last time which was when he was 3yrs old.
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Old Nov 11, 20, 12:19 am
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Originally Posted by tris06 View Post
Well that is very sad. I was hoping to take my son on the 747 one more time so he could remember what it felt like riding on the 2nd floor of the queen of the sky. He is only 5 years old so I doubt he would remember the last time which was when he was 3yrs old.
You are absolutely right. Hope your son remembers that.
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Old Nov 11, 20, 11:25 am
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B-18210 wore the Boeing dreamliner livery from delivery until the last A-check. One of the most photogenic 747 ever.

B-18211 has the Skyteam livery.

B-18215 is the last 747-400 pax built.

It will be sad to see these go to storage and never flown again under the beautiful CI livery.
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Old Dec 15, 20, 9:14 am
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Originally Posted by bzcat View Post

It will be sad to see these go to storage and never flown again under the beautiful CI livery.
I am hearing from reliable local source that China Airlines are planning to run a special final flight for their B747-400 early february for enthusiasts and regular clients. Should be some time beginning of February 2021 TPE-TPE. Only one flight. No repeats.

I will post again whenever I hear more. From what I hear it will be advertised on CI website for reservations after it is made official.

The problem is the 14 days quarantine applicable for all foreigners on arrival to Taiwan probably not easy to transfer from another airline from a foreign destination on arrival at TPE.

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