Rojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2514 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5051 times:
Iberia will start non-stop service between Madrid (Barajas) and Mexico City (Juarez) tomorrow July 1st using the A340-600, so I guess they won't have time to send it to Heathrow because the first example will be serving Mexico City during the high summer season...
CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5021 times:
I guess that with the A343 alreayd in use with Iberia, there isn't really a point in having it fly such a short route to get the pilots used to it. All they need to get used to, is the increased size when taxiing (and they have a camera for that) as well as the increased RoC
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4053 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4935 times:
From my experience when we got our A346's.......
The senior training captains on the A343 fleet went to TLS to be trained by Airbus so they could then train others within the company and got their hands on experience with the Airbus test pilots on the A346.
They then began some internal training once the a/c came online with the company. In our case they flew off to a quieter airfield and then took it in turns to fly circuits until everyone was confident with landing taxi-ing and taking off. Once there were enough pilots trained to operate the scheduled services, the rest that came online got trained on regular flights after completeing a 1-2 day classroom and sim based training course.
So in Iberia's case they maybe doing the same sort of thing as the pilots are already trained on the A343 so it's not that much differant on the A346.
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
Lj From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4794 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4865 times:
The Iberia A340-600 was doing test flight(s). I was at MAD last weekend and saw the A340-600 making a flight to/from MAD. However I doubt that they went to London (Tenerife North would be a more likely candidate as the A340-600 left MAD just about the time a flight to TFN operated by an A340-300 should have left).