Cathay Pacific to Retire Boeing 747-400 on North American Routes
Cathay Pacific announced it will fly its last Boeing 747 passenger flight to the United States on August 31. The airline currently uses the 747-400 to operate its second of two daily San Francisco-Hong Kong flights.
Beginning September 1, both of Cathay’s daily flights between the two cities will operate using 777-300ER aircraft. After the 747-400 is retired, the airline will serve all of its North American gateways, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, and San Francisco, with 777-300ERs. However, the airline will continue to operate Boeing 747-8 freighter service to North America.
In addition, Cathay plans to begin new service between Boston and Hong Kong next May, and will also operate these flights using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
Cathay Pacific first placed an order for the 747 in February 1978. The airline’s first 747 was delivered in 1979.
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