Ben88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 3 Posted (14 years 2 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4024 times:
Why are so many airlines trading in their A340-200's for -300's? Air France is the airline that immediately comes to mind. AOM and Air Tahiti Nui both have ex Air France A340-200's which are ONLY about seven years old. Why did they even purchase the aircraft if they were only planning on keeping them for six years? Is the -300 more technologically advanced, or is it just a matter of capacity?
Ben88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3958 times:
Thanks ZRH, but that doesn't really answer my question as to why an airline would get rid of a six year old plane. Did they want more capacity with less range, because that is what the -300 offers them, as opposed to the -200. Thanks
Sndp From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 553 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3953 times:
Sabena is also selling their -200's and has ordered more -300's. I do not know really why, but they said it was because they wanted to harmonise the A340-fleet. Although their is not so much difference between the two aircraft, just the length, it seems better to operate just one type or so? I do not really know the answer on your question. Maybe they just want more capacity.