AlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 15 Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5617 times:
I know that China Eastern opperates the 340-600 on most of its flights fasing out my second favorite airplane the MD-11. My friend who lives in Santa Moica said that he see's the CX 340-600 going to his school he passes LAX.
On the other hand Dulles got a surprise visit from a VS 340-600 on 10/12/03
9V-SVE From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 2066 posts, RR: 2 Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5434 times:
Are all their A340-600s based at Heathrow or there some at Gatwick and Manchester? If not are they planning to do so?
Currently only the 744s that were to be delivered to Alitalia are permanantly in Gatwick. A single A343 is also ferried in there everyday to operate the Port Harcourt flights. Two 742s are in Manchester for the Orlando flights. All A346s are based in Heathrow.
Airchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 12 Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5227 times:
At the moment the only planned destination for the 346 other than those it already goes to is SYD as an extension of the HKG service, but it'll be a while before that starts. I'd guess when new a/c are delivered they will go onto the JNB, MIA or LAX (VS23/24) flights as these tend to be the ones that struggle a bit on the 343 (ie usually max payload)...but that's just a guess.
VS don't have any 340-200's...the smaller ones are all -300's. There are no plans to base the -600's anywhere other than LHR at the mo.
The 2 MAN based Classics are operated by Air Atlanta...the flight-deck are on Air Atlanta contracts although all are ex-VS. Cabin crew are all employed by VS AFAIK. (I don't know what sort of lease that makes it though! )
Planesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4089 posts, RR: 13 Reply 24, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4951 times:
Just to clear a few things up:
The A340-600's operate daily to Narita, Hong Kong and Shanghai. They will always be operated by an A340-600 unless there is some sort of technical problem. The other two (because of the night overlap of the HKG flight, it means that 4 aircraft are needed for those routes in one time) aircraft will either be operating to Cape Town, Boston or New York. I think they are used on the Cape Town services 3 days a week.
They used to operate daily to Washington so AlitaliaMD11 it wasn't a surprise visit, just a regular near the end of the summer schedule. The A340-600's have also been operated on various other routes, Johannesburg got one, one or two days this summer.
They currently have 6 A340-600's operating (G-VFOX, MEG, OGE, SHY, ATL and GOA) all from Heathrow.
Gatwick has 5 cancelled order Alitalia aircraft (G-VROM, ROS, ROY, GAL, LIP) and an A340-300 comes in either on the night before operation or on the early morning. They are used for operations to Port Harcourt on the coast of Nigeria and the fly on tuesdays and saturdays, not every day.
The two aircraft based at Manchester are ex-Virgin B747-200's now at Air Atlanta, but being leased back to Virgin Atlantic. However because Virgin Atlantic are now operating the MAN-MCO flight year round they may be acquiring the aircraft back or using their own equipment on that route? Airchabum should be able to tell you more on that.
When I was staying in SFO i saw a CX A340-600 take off at round 6:00am.
25 AlitaliaMD11: When ever i am at JFK i usally see the 300 my mistake but in September i went down there and at the cargo ramp near the AA hangar was an old colors 34
26 Airchabum: AlitaliaMD11 "an old colors 340-200 short" ...VS have never had any -200's. There are a couple of a/c still in the old colours but they are all -300's
27 AlitaliaMD11: ok ok ok so it was not a 340-200 sorry i made a mistake. Today i was at school and guess what comes over!!.............. a VS 340-600 my school is nea
28 AA 777: AlitaliaMD11, Its not possible you saw the concorde today. The last flight into the New York area was November 10 and the final ever concorde flight w
29 Planesarecool: Airchubum, Wasn't there plans for a service from Manchester to Barbados? Or did that never get off the ground? -Stephen
30 Airchabum: Stephen MAN-BGI was intended to be a weekly service but most have been cancelled and there will now only be 4 services, all on a Sunday, beginning 28t
31 Andreas: Been to JFK twice in November, each time there was a Virgin 340-600 standing around, so it's definitely JFK, too!
32 Planesarecool: Yes that would be VS045/46. This flight (VS045) departs Heathrow at 9:30am and lands at JFK at 12:10. The VS046 flight then departs at 21:10 and arriv
33 AlitaliaMD11: thanks for the info guys! i ment i used to see the concorde go over my school every day when it was opperating.
34 JBLUA320: It has also made landfall at EWR, as I have seen it twice already. Though I am yet to see it at JFK, a plane that has frequented EWR lately is the A34
35 Planesarecool: *A340-300 Virgin Atlantic have no A340-200's what so ever, you won't have seen them. The A340-300's operate one of the Newark services, if not both. I
36 Maxfly: superfly: as for A346s into SFO: LH will operate their daily (summer schedule) MUC-SFO service with the A346 from June 7 onwards.
37 Brubiac: To be honest I don't know what the difference between a -200 and a -300 is but I thought they were the same length? The 200 series are a shorter than
38 AlitaliaMD11: hey i have seen a VS 340-600 quit a few times at EWR. it was usally late at night like at 10:00 P.M. i usally see it when i come back from Philedelphi
39 Planesarecool: Yep, the A340-600's have been operating a few of the LHR-EWR VS017/018 flights. They make a night stop in Newark after arriving late at night and then
40 PlaneMad: I flew VS 3 (A340-300-G-VSKY) and VS 4 (747-400-G-VFAB) unfortunately didn't see the A340-600 at JFK
41 AlitaliaMD11: i am really excited because i am flying to Madrid in March and my family is batleing over weather we fly the VS 340-600 or the KLM 777!! we are torn!!
42 Jkw777: VS Operate an A346 from LHR-IAD. I am due to fly this route next year (VS021 and VS022) Regards, Justin