The last stored Cathay aircraft returning to HK today

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  • cwoodward

    After nearly 4 years the last Cathay aircraft long term stored in the Australian desert is on the way back to Hong Kong today.
    The 20yo Airbus A330 reg B-HLV left Alice Springs this afternoon at 12.45 after 1410 days in the outback. It was the first cathay aircraft to arrive and the last to leave.

    Cathay’s general manager of engineering operations, Robert Taylor, said “reactivation is a bigger challenge than the storage. Each individual aircraft required six months of lead time, “working with Airbus or Boeing to formulate all the reactivation tasks”.

    With its own team of five engineers working alongside more than 100 APAS engineers and mechanics, “we had to get the aircraft safe to fly out,” says Taylor.“It took a lot of maintenance. Between periodic checks and the reactivation, it consumed about 800,000 hours in Alice Springs working on the aircraft, so a huge amount of complex tasks.”

    The Cathay engineering team based in Alice Springs will spend the next couple of months finishing their activity on-site and preparing for their own flight home to Hong Kong.

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