Fly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3171 posts, RR: 51 Posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2916 times:
For those of you who want to get all nostalgic, you can have a last look at one of Sabena's A340s ex OO-SCY at FRA (have all others found new operators?).
The aircraft is currently stored in the far northwest corner near the two Khalifa 777s.
Godbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2848 times:
Is there actually any need to add the SN A340's to the fleet given the present climate? The A340-200's and the two 747-200's leaving the fleet must be a very welcome cost cutting measure which is partly eaten up again by the new A340's entering the fleet.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2783 times:
That's really a great shot. I will ever remember SABENA since my childhood when I used to see their planes at LIS airport. Caravelles, the 727-100, the 707-300 and 300B flying from BRU to Casablanca via Lisbon!!!! Then the 737-200, my first DC-10 ever seen at LIS was actually a Sabena one that came from South America and maded a tech-stop there! Later the A310-200 and 300 too, the 737-300, 400 and 500's and finally the A319, 320, 321's! The last sight I have from a Sabena plane was actually with full Sabena livery and german registration, I think it belonged to Aero LLoyd and that was in Faro!
Flying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2423 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2635 times:
With those two A343's manufactured in summer 1994, I assume Lufthansa managed some very good leasing conditions. Moreover Sabena has had many problems with those two if I remeber well. Maybe Spitfire can confirm on this.
All I know is that Airbus & ILFC wanted to get rid of those two airplanes as fast as possible.
Which routes will they fly ???
BTW: an other ex-SABENA airplane (and also ex-VG/Delsey) now opearting for MAS
Apuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2614 times:
One can only look back and remember the days when we could see all those SN heavies every now and then coming in... Too bad they are gone though, I kind of miss them.
I think if they could get it back to BRU, just for one day, people would be willing to pay big bucks to get a final ride with this beauty, or just even being allowed to pay this baby a little visit / take pics of it (yeah, that would be me ).
A330DAT From Belgium, joined Nov 2001, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2589 times:
Fly-K - Konstantin - Very nice pictures. It really does bring back the memories. So often I have flown on that aircraft.
Flying Belgian - The problems (if you can call it that) were on the A340-200 aircraft, not the 300's. Wanting to get rid of the aircraft was in the last weeks of Sabena's existence to get a uniform long haul fleet. Tokyo was also abandoned near the end to speed up this process but we all know it had nothing to do with the performance of the specific aircraft in question.
Spitfire From France, joined Feb 2001, 801 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2474 times:
That's right A330DAT, the problems we encountered on the A340-200 in the beginning were mostly due to unexpermented ground technicians and also flight crews. It seems that a lot of information coming from Airbus Industries and Air France ( the planes were used for many years by Air France)were missing when the two A/c arrived finaly to Sabena. The gear problem (crash landing in BRU) was due to the "lightness" of his construction combined with our "famous" 180° turns on the runways in Africa.
Anyway many thank to Konstantin for the beautifull pictures ...I'm sad, so sad
Sabena ... Never to be forgotten (12 years already , what a shame !! )