Psimpson From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 365 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2350 times:
I saw a Turkish A340 climbing out of LHR runway 09R this morning around 9.30 and noticed it had the latest Turkish livery like the new A330s. I went to tune my radio to the Clacton departure control to get the flight number so that i could tie up the registration later on a Acars/Sbs-1 website.
I thought it was late to be theTurkish flight 1982 flight, which is the normal early morning departure.
When i heard Turkish 2 i knew straight away it was a diversion as this flight normally operates between JFK and IST. I managed to tie up the reg on the Turkish flight 1 on the 23rd which was TC-JDM, with Turkish 2 ex JFK on the 23rd almost certainly the same aircraft that was at LHR 24th. TC-JDM being the first Turkish A340 i have seen in the latest A330 style livery with the noticable leaf or what ever it is at the rear fuselage.
TK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4708 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2326 times:
Quoting Psimpson (Thread starter): TC-JDM being the first Turkish A340 i have seen in the latest A330 style livery with the noticable leaf or what ever it is at the rear fuselage.
A very nice spotting. That noticeable leaf is actually a tulip, just like the one on A330 below. I have heard the A340s were going to get refurbished starting this month, so this could be the first one. Maybe someone else can confirm this, and if they got new interiors also?
LTU330 From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2287 times:
It might have been a fuel stop, as I noticed it over me near MUC on TK2 and he was only at 21000 ft. Maybe a problem with a Pack system or an engine, preventing normal cruise altitude, and therefore greater fuel burn.