Cathay Pacific/Dragon has retired the world’s first Airbus A330.
Cathay Pacific has announced the retirement of the world’s first Airbus A330. The aircraft, B-HLJ, was the first A330-300 prototype (MSN 12) and operated the first A330 flight in November 1992.
Eventually, the aircraft was delivered to Cathay Pacific in 1996 and was transferred to its subsidiary Dragonair in 2013. Despite Dragonair’s rebrand to Cathay Dragon, the aircraft never received the new livery.
The aircraft last flew on July 17 when it was ferried from Hong Kong to Taipei Taoyuan, likely for retirement. This A330-300 completed 63,900 hours and 26,983 cycles of service for the Cathay Pacific Group.
This aircraft is over 27 years old, so retirement was imminent, with or without COVID-19. Farewell to the aircraft that always has smooth landings (usually 🤔).