BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 59 Posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3259 times:
After browsing the Star Alliance timetable, I see that Lufthansa will start flying the A300 to Beirut (BEY) during the summer season.
Lufthansa used to fly to Beirut (BEY) since the 50's, but suspended the service after the Civil War started in 1975. The Civil War ended in 1990, although it took until 1997 for Lufthansa to restart Beirut (BEY) service. At that time it originally operated 3x a week on an A319. Then it was upgraded to 5x a week on an A319, and for a while now it's been operating as a daily service on A319s.
This summer however, Lufthansa will operate 6x a week on A319, and 1x a week on an A300-600R. A decent capacity increase as the A300s seat 270 passengers, more than there A340-300s.
I thought the A300 was only used on high-density intra-European routes? Or am I mistaken?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19283 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 3225 times:
The A300 is most frequently used on high-density European passenger routes, such as FRA-LHR and FRA-MUC. In addition, it operates some mail (freight) flights (in a passenger configuation) for the Deutsche Post, including FRA-MUC, FRA-CGN (evening flight - once weekly) and FRA-ARN.
The BEY flight will operate on Tuesdays and it will arrive and depart (in FRA and BEY) at the same time as the 319-operated flights.
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Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 3209 times:
It seems that BEY is becoming a very popular destination from Germany, there are also two new flights from DUS to BEY. LT will start operations on May 15 (wednesdays and saturdays with an A 320) and ME will fly wednesdays with an A 330.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3146 times:
I believe that LH has a handful of A300-600R aircraft configured for longer-range operations - at one time such aircraft were used for some African services and even flew BOS-FRA a couple of summers, before LH increased its A343 fleet.
I am not certain if LH has kept the low-density version of the A300 in the fleet or if it converted their interiors to the European configuation when additional A343 aircraft arrived.
Its interesting that LH has stuck with the A300 - we have discussed this issue at length several times here and the reason is that there is simply no replacement for the type. Current generation wide-body twins are much more optimized for long-haul and ultra long-haul operations, and are too much airplane to fly on short-haul routes such as 200 or 300 mile hops between German cities or 500 to 1000 mile intra-European legs. LH did look at the 753 (Condor operates the type) but that idea did not seem to go anywhere.