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Current A300 & A310 Operator's At LHR  
User currently offlinePanAm_DC10 From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 4118 posts, RR: 90
Posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2911 times:
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When I live in London I'm fortunate enough to have a great apartment with a roof top terrace that gives me a great view of aircraft lining up for final approach to LHR. My apartment is basically under the wing in this photo;


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Over the past 10 years I've seen almost everything and since it's the summer the viewing is better. One thing though, as fleet upgrades have taken effect I've started to see less A300s & A310s. AA are no more, QRs seem to be replaced by A330s, IB used to send them but I see more of the A320 NBs and haven't seen an A300 for awhile. I flew an OA A306R in January to ATH this year but saw a report they only have a couple left. Yemania A310s I still see on occassion though I'm not sure what's happened to the Sudanese A300 that used to come in on a Sunday afternoon. I still see the occassional TP A310. Also, I go out my way to fly LH on LHR - FRA if an A306 is scheduled. DHL freighters I see but I can't recall who else.

So a question for LHR afficianado's, who still operates these models to LHR? I'll finally be moving back to Sydney at the end of Summer and would like to know what to look out for before I go. Please bear in mind I've lived here for 10 years and if some of my info is wrong, like Sudan A300 please correct.

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PanAm_DC10


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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2892 times:

I don't know if it is still the case but Biman used to fly in A310s rather than a DC10 on occasion.

Quoting PanAm_DC10 (Thread starter):
IB used to send them but I see more of the A320

IB have got rid of their old A300s completely



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User currently offlineAirEuropeUK733 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 976 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2877 times:

Don't LH (or is that Olympic?) use their A300-600R's sometimes. I thought I read it in another post somewhere but could be wrong...

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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2877 times:

Quoting AirEuropeUK733 (Reply 2):
Don't LH (or is that Olympic?) use their A300-600R's sometimes. I thought I read it in another post somewhere but could be wrong...

They do, as mentioned....

Quoting PanAm_DC10 (Thread starter):
Also, I go out my way to fly LH on LHR - FRA if an A306 is scheduled



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User currently offline7LBAC111 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 2566 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2861 times:

LH operate the A300 4x daily from FRA. TK operate the 310-300 from IST daily. SU occasionally send one of their 310's too.

And if I'm not mistaken TP occasionally send a 310 from LIS.

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User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2859 times:

LH use their A300-600s frequently to LHR. I dont think LH can ever retire the aircraft as they dont have a suitable wide-bodied aircraft to use on high-density routes like LHR-FRA. Both manufacturers have cmpletley ignored this market in recent years.

I remeber the days when Cyprus Airways, Swissair, Lufthansa, Yemenia, Austrian et al all opeated the 310 into LHR.

Do Libyan Arab still operate the leased 310 into LHR from Tripoli?


User currently offline7LBAC111 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 2566 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2836 times:

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 5):
Do Libyan Arab still operate the leased 310 into LHR from Tripoli?

LN102/103 is currently scheduled as 320.

7LBAC111



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User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2829 times:

Really. I would have thought the route to Tripoli from LHR wuld require a larger capacity aircraft, perticularly now the country has improved diplomatic relations and is becoming more open to tourism and business.

They used to schedule the 310 and A300-600R to LHR a few years ago, so I am suprised they now service the route with a 320.


User currently offline7LBAC111 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 2566 posts, RR: 35
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2825 times:

Maybe in time, but currently the services to TIP from London are served by:

BA A320
LN A320
8U A320.

I think the 'up to' 3xdaily A320s, the capacity is pretty much covered.

7LBAC111



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User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2811 times:

I didnt realise Afriqah was serving the route from LHR as well. That probably explains the 320 use by LN.

I wonder if Libyan Arab will serve Benghazi from LHR anytime soon? They have served Libya's second city direct from LHR in the past.


User currently offlinePanAm_DC10 From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 4118 posts, RR: 90
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2788 times:
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Quoting Cornish (Reply 1):
I don't know if it is still the case but Biman used to fly in A310s rather than a DC10 on occasion

Of course! Last time I saw a Biman A310 was sometime in April IIRC.

Thanks for the replies so far. It's a changed scene from when I first arrived in London and I do miss these models in what, for an Australian, are "exotic" liveries.

Be interested to know about OA as I think they now use the occassional A343 and B734s.

Regards

PanAm_DC10



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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2721 times:
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Current A310 operators to LHR:

Aeroflot (regular)
Air Algerie (rare)
Uzbekistan Airways (rare)
TAP (regular)
Turkish airlines (regular)
Tarom Romanian (rare)
SATA International (often)
Yemenia (often)
Biman Bangladesh (regular)
Royal Jordanian (regular)

Current A300-600R operators to LHR:

Lufthansa (every day)
Olympic (regular)
Egyptair (sometimes
Kuwait Airways (sometimes)



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User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4680 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2612 times:

Quoting Arsenal@LHR (Reply 11):
Tarom Romanian (rare)

They´ve left the fleet...  crying 

Quoting Arsenal@LHR (Reply 11):
Aeroflot (regular)

These are supposed to leave too...  ashamed 



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User currently offlineTimRees From United Kingdom, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 354 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2608 times:

Quoting Arsenal@LHR (Reply 11):
Current A310 operators to LHR

I also live under the final approach to the 27's at about 9NM

To update Arsenal@LHR's reply which is now somewhat out of date:

Aeroflot - no more as A310's returned to Airbus. Now A321's/320/319 and sometimes 763
Air Algerie - again the A310's are gone. Usually 738 but in recent weeks often A330's
Uzbekistan - usually a 763 or 752 but very occasionally an A310
Tarom - not been used to LHR regularly for years. Usually a 737/733
SATA International - doesn't use LHR at all. If they've visited they've been on subcharters for other airlines and very rare.
Yemenia - now an A330
Biman - I think that they are still scheduled twice a week
...and the A300's
Olympic - only one left now and a rare visitor. Usually an A343/734
Egyptair - pretty rare now - usually a 772/340 and sometimes a 330
Kuwait Airways - until recently at least once a week
Iran Air - been flying in their A300's more frequently recently (of course 2 are ex OA)

Regarding Afriqiyah - they use LGW. The LAA flights are usually LBT A320's
DHL fly in daily with an A300F late evening.

As you say, the A300/310 is a rare bird these days.


User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 44
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2560 times:

Quoting TimRees (Reply 13):
Aeroflot - no more as A310's returned to Airbus. Now A321's/320/319 and sometimes 763

And sometimes the beautiful IL96 too.  Smile

Of course, turn the clock back 15 years and the A300/310 was a very common sight..........PA/IB/LH/AF/SR/AZ/OA plus a number of other carriers.



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2557 times:

When did AA stop flying their A300's into LHR? Do they only fly the B777 or a mix of B777 and B767 now? I see at least one LH A300 everytime I'm there. Last time I flew an A310 was with KL coming in from AMS in December 1995 (just after the AA 757 crashed in Colombia). It was a nice flight because we parked right between 2 Concordes at T4.

[Edited 2005-08-01 21:27:23]


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User currently offlineTimRees From United Kingdom, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 354 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2548 times:

Quoting Capital146 (Reply 14):
And sometimes the beautiful IL96 too

How could I forget! At least one lands each Saturday.

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 15):
When did AA stop flying there A300's into LHR?

About 2 years ago I think?
I'm pretty sure all AA flights are 772's now.


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2541 times:
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AA stopped flying A300's to LHR in IIRC 2001/2, all AA flights to LHR are now 777's, the last time an AA 767 was at LHR was about 5 years ago.


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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2531 times:

Quoting TimRees (Reply 16):
About 2 years ago I think?
I'm pretty sure all AA flights are 772's now.



Quoting Arsenal@LHR (Reply 17):
AA stopped flying A300's to LHR in IIRC 2001/2, all AA flights to LHR are now 777's, the last time an AA 767 was at LHR was about 5 years ago.

Thank you for the information.



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User currently offlineCDNpax From Canada, joined Dec 2004, 45 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2501 times:

I know it's not Heathrow, but Air Transat operates a mix of A310s and A330s to service Gatwick. Plenty of A310 spotting at YYZ thanks to Transat. Plenty of TG 310s here in BKK as well. Love spotting these birds...

User currently offlineMichaelJP From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2483 times:

AA still operate 76's into LHR. LH thank god still sends them and SU have retired them  Sad
I still remember doing the walk around on the SU A310 just over a year ago. Such fond memories of that aircraft and such a kind but limited crew  Sad

Mike


User currently offlinePogo From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 355 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2477 times:

Yemenia is more often than not A310, CSA brought one in a month or so ago but only due to some of there 737's being tech'.


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User currently offlineTimRees From United Kingdom, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 354 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2476 times:

Quoting MichaelJP (Reply 20):
AA still operate 76's into LHR

Have checked recent arrival logs for LHR and all movements are now 772's. I think the 763's stopped at least a year ago.


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