Boeing 747

Corrections & clarifications

Due to an editing error, the last sentence of the story 'Cathay to post record profit, say analysts' on page B9 in yesterday's newspaper should have read: 'Nine passenger Airbus and Boeing planes and six Boeing 747-8 freighters will join the Cathay Pacific fleet in 2011'

Tuesday, 8 March, 2011, 12:00am

Cathay extends cost-cutting efforts

In addition to asking its staff to sign up for no-pay leave, Cathay Pacific Airways said it needed help from the airport, aircraft manufacturers and other suppliers to cope with the steepest sales drop in its history.

18 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Taeco wins conversion contract

Xiamen-based Taikoo Aircraft Engineering (Taeco) was yesterday awarded a contract to modify 20 Boeing aircraft in a deal expected to add about US$250 million to the maintenance firm's revenues over the next three years.

1 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Dated model first flew a year after 747 debut

The ill-fated China Airlines' Boeing 747-200 was more than 22 years old, making it one of the oldest in the carrier's fleet.

The model is one of the oldest aircraft in the 747 series of American manufacturer Boeing.

Initially the 747 was designed as an all-cargo transport. The first 747 freighter could easily carry 100 tonnes over long distances.

26 May 2002 - 12:00am

More shippers turning to 'fast freight'

Global and regional economies, including Hong Kong, are seeing a structural shift to expedited freight.

The shift is due to increased use of just-in-time or zero inventory management and shorter production cycles for manufactured items like fashion and mobile phones.

9 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Fliers greet balloonists

The passengers of a jumbo jet heading for Hong Kong yesterday waved to two British balloonists making a round-the-world flight.

The pilot of the Boeing 747 radioed Andy Elson, 45, and Colin Prescott, 48, off Taiwan for permission to fly close for passengers to have a 'unique picture opportunity'. Their control centre did not name the airline.

6 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

United to start Pacific Rim flights

United Airlines, the world's largest airline, plans to start a cargo freighter service between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and the Pacific Rim from March 2.

However, the carrier will suspend its freighter service to San Francisco and Taipei. Customers in these areas can ship cargo on United's daily non-stop Boeing 747-400 passenger service.

1 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Boeing up

THE TELEPHONE rings at around four on a Friday afternoon. My brother-in-law answers, and after a pause announces that a relative has just died in Britain. We are sitting in his house near Seattle and the funeral is to be held on Monday, 7,700 kilometres away, in London.

14 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

747 faults 'limited to Cathay'

The recent engine problems experienced by Cathay Pacific's Boeing 747 fleet appear to be confined to the airline.

Other major carriers using the same Rolls-Royce engines said their performance had been excellent and problems had been 'very rare'.

31 May 1997 - 12:00am

No incident as such

We refer to the news in brief report headlined, 'Landing aborted' (South China Morning Post, January 27).

The incident was not correctly reported and we would like to clear up any doubts in the minds of travellers.

10 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Fire jet exceeded landing weight

A CATHAY Pacific jumbo which returned to Kai Tak airport after an engine fire landed 80 tonnes above the maximum landing weight, an interim report into the incident has revealed.

Twenty-one people were slightly injured after the four-year-old Boeing 747-400 was forced to return minutes after take-off when its No 2 engine caught fire.

1 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Jumbo is bigger than ever after 25 years in service

THE Boeing 747 celebrated the 25th anniversary of its first revenue flight at the weekend, with the jumbo still holding claim to being the largest commercial aircraft in the world.

The first flight, on January 21, 1970, carried 324 passengers from New York to London.

25 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Aircraft drama

A FEDERAL Express Boeing 747-200 bound for Narita returned to Kai Tak airport yesterday morning after the pilot shut down one of its engines. The plane, with three crew on board, is believed to have struck a bird shortly after take-off.

26 Aug 1994 - 12:00am

Riding a whale of a success

EARLIER this year 12-year-old Japanese schoolgirl Yuki Ogaki won a national contest to design a livery for one of All Nippon Airways' (ANA) new Boeing 747s.

The aircraft she designed, dubbed the ''Marine Jumbo'', proved such a success with the travelling public that ANA told Boeing it would like the same again.

22 Dec 1993 - 12:00am

UPS takes 10 more freighters

UNITED Parcel Service (UPS) has ordered 10 more Boeing 757 freighters to meet growing demand for its parcel delivery service.

Five will be delivered next year and five in 1995.

The planes, valued at more than US$600 million with spares, will be powered by Rolls-Royce RB211-535E4 engines.

22 Nov 1993 - 12:00am