All A300-600Fs will be retired by Air Hong Kong by 2024.
Data from Cathay Pacific’s 2022 Annual Report, initially reported by CargoFacts, indicates that Air Hong Kong (LD, Hong Kong International) will retire its entire A300F fleet by the end of the following year. All nine A300-600(F)s will be replaced by used A330Fs by the end of 2024 after being returned to their lessors.
The interim report states that in addition to the A300-600(F)s, Air Hong Kong’s fleet also includes two A330-200Fs and five A330-300(P2F)s, all of which are scheduled to be returned to their owners in 2027. Air Hong Kong purchased its current A300F fleet between 2004 and 2005, according to ch-aviation fleets advanced data. The ninth aircraft, B-LDH (msn 871), is leased from AELF – Aircraft Engine Lease Finance. DHL Express is the lessor of eight of the nine aircraft.
Air Hong Kong has operated the A300-600(F)s for DHL Express most of the time since acquiring them roughly 20 years ago, with Cathay Cargo taking advantage of any available capacity (CX, Hong Kong International). There are now regular and charter flights from the cargo airline to important Asian destinations. To replace the B747-400(F)s, the current A330F aircraft were purchased in 2020. While two of the A330-200Fs are leased from Altavair and one each from DHL Express and DHL Air, all five A330-300(P2F)s are owned by DHL Air (D0, East Midlands).