Cathay Pacific Could Mothball Up To Half Of Its Fleet - Simple Flying


As we have previously reported here on Simple Flying, Cathay Pacific has been flying part of its fleet for long-term storage in the Australian desert. One month ago, the talk was of parking one-third of the Hong Kong carrier’s planes. Now, as long-haul demand remains at abysmal levels, sources say it could be as much as half the fleet.

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Pressured carrier Cathay could send half its fleet to long-term storage, sources say. Photo: Getty Images

Potentially as much as 50% of the fleet

On Wednesday, the South China Morning Post reported that sources familiar with the matter said that the Cathay Group, including Cathay Dragon, could send 50% of its aircraft to be mothballed. Dozens of the airline’s planes have already made their way to the arid, non-corrosive climate of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Now, it seems that not only will they remain there for a prolonged period of time, but they will be joined by more of its colleagues than previously intended. Cathay has yet to decide on an amended number, but sources agree it will be larger than the one-third initially planned.

Simple Flying has reached out to Cathay for a comment but was yet to receive a reply at the time of publication.

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Cathay Pacific is particularly vulnerable as it operates a fleet of only widebody aircraft. Photo: