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First A340-600 For QR Lands At DOH  
User currently onlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1744 posts, RR: 6
Posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 8249 times:

"World’s longest aircraft joins QA fleet

QATAR Airways has become the launch customer of Airbus A340-600 High Gross Weight (HGW) version of the world’s longest passenger jet. The 266-seat aircraft in a three-class configuration, which is capable of flying non-stop between Doha and the US east coast with a full load of passengers and cargo, was given a fireman’s salute welcome yesterday at Doha International Airport following a flight from Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse."


http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topic...sion=1&template_id=36&parent_id=16

from Gulf Times


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User currently offlinePRGLY From Czech Republic, joined Dec 2004, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 8120 times:

Thank you for sharing info, just pity we will not see it here in PRG. Only one 346 was here (VS) for the purpose of James Bond movie shooting, which was discussed here before.


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User currently offlineWINGS From Portugal, joined May 2005, 2831 posts, RR: 69
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 8034 times:



Finally the first A346HGW is delivered. If Airbus had been able to introduce the HGW version a few years earlier, I would have expected that this latest variant would have had more success.

Regards,
Wings



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User currently offlineOyKIE From Norway, joined Jan 2006, 2673 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7958 times:

Congratulations to Airbus and Qatar. It will be interesting to see how Qatar will be growing. They seem to have a very strong business case.

Quoting WINGS (Reply 2):
Finally the first A346HGW is delivered. If Airbus had been able to introduce the HGW version a few years earlier, I would have expected that this latest variant would have had more success.

Regards,
Wings

I agree with you Wings. But on the other hand Airbus would perhaps have been more hesitant to make the A350 Xtra wide? And the A350XWB is going to be one amazing machine.



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User currently offlineThorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7779 times:

Only 266 seats? Pax will have a lot of space.


Quoting WINGS (Reply 2):
Finally the first A346HGW is delivered. If Airbus had been able to introduce the HGW version a few years earlier, I would have expected that this latest variant would have had more success.

Yep, the A346 will probably go down in history as a beautiful failure. Airbus should have launched in 1993, but they were probably to busy with the A380 etc. The livespan from first delivery in 2001 to the EIS of its successor in 2014 is somewhat to short.


User currently onlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1744 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 7557 times:

I think that is the first time an A346 ever landed in Qatar!


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User currently offlineBAPILOT2B From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 927 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 7484 times:

What route do QR plan to use the A346 on? It is obvious it will be used to the States but what about before they can operate to the USA?

Is the A346 fitted out with the new F class with F lounge?



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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2106 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 7448 times:

Based on the news article, they mentioned "We look forward to seeing passengers experience our award-winning five star service and comfort on this wonderful aircraft, which will be used on a number of long-haul routes from Doha such as London Heathrow, Osaka and the US east coast."

On the F class product, "The new A340-600 features eight first class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration

Passengers flying in the premium cabin of the A340-600 (HGW) aircraft will have a dedicated onboard first class lounge allowing them to relax and eat in a special area. Epitomising luxury and innovation, the new first class lounge promises to be one of the best in the air when it takes to the skies this summer.

The lounge features a stand-up bar with drinks rack and spotlight mood lighting. It also features cream leather sofas that can seat up to six passengers. Lampshades are positioned on two teak wooden tables, while a special additional aspect is electronically-operated window shades.

The general ambience of the lounge is one of comfort and relaxation with Qatar Airways’ strong burgundy corporate colours very evident in the curtains, carpets and furniture.

"Our new first class lounge onboard our A340-600 aircraft reflects the importance we pay to our premium class passengers who are looking for that little more attention, privacy and comfort."


User currently offlineMD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 892 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 7326 times:

Has anyone besides Qatar and Emirates ordered the A346HGW? I know Emirates is trying to change their order to other Airbus models. Such a shame, I think the A346 is a great looking aircraft. But then I've always liked the A340's looks.

Cheers, Ralph



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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3762 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 7280 times:

Quoting MD80Nut (Reply 8):
Has anyone besides Qatar and Emirates ordered the A346HGW?

Yes, Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic are two to mention  Smile

Some Qatar A340 Shots



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User currently onlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1744 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 7250 times:

Does any one know when the rest of QR's fleet are going to be painted in the new color scheme?

They also mentioned that this aircraft is the first to debut with the new livery. But I think there is an A332 already painted in the new livery, right?

 Smile



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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3762 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 7232 times:

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 10):
But I think there is an A332 already painted in the new livery, right?

Yes, A7-ACJ, which is a recent new build.


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Currently three aircraft are painted in the new livery; A7-ACJ (332) and A7-AGA/B (346)  Smile

All new aircraft to be delivered will feature the new scheme, the others will be painted during major checks during maintenance. The fleet will be gradually painted.

Rob!  wave 


User currently offlineJdevora From Spain, joined Aug 2006, 351 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 7185 times:

Hi,

Could somebody point out the differences between the old A346 and the A346HGW version?

Thanks
JD


User currently onlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1744 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 7091 times:

Quoting B742 (Reply 11):
The fleet will be gradually painted.

Thanks Rob! It is obvious that the only difference between the old livery and the new one is the enlarged Maha and QATAR on the side. So, I assume that they are not going to waste a lot of money in removing the old scheme, just add more burgundy  Wink

 Smile



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User currently offlineViasa From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 1853 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 7059 times:

What's the registration of this aircraft?

A7-AGA (c/n 740)
A7-AGB (c/n 715)


User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3762 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 7028 times:

Quoting Viasa (Reply 14):
What's the registration of this aircraft?

Can you re-phrase that, I don't understand what you mean?  Confused

A7-AGA/B are both Airbus A340-600HGW's or X's

Rob!  wave 


User currently offlineViasa From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 1853 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 6872 times:

Quoting B742 (Reply 15):
Can you re-phrase that, I don't understand what you mean?

One of the both aircraft (A7-AGA/B) had it's delivery flight yesterday. Which one was it?

Sorry for my bad english...


User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3762 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 6744 times:

Quoting Viasa (Reply 16):
One of the both aircraft (A7-AGA/B) had it's delivery flight yesterday. Which one was it?

Ah I see, it was A7-AGA  Smile

Quoting Viasa (Reply 16):
Sorry for my bad english...

No worries  Smile

Rob!  wave 


User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2336 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 6198 times:

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 13):
the only difference between the old livery and the new one is the enlarged Maha and QATAR on the side.

I apologize if I am being picky, but it is actually called an Oryx.

I flew on QR in April 2004 from FRA to AUH via DOH and they were one of the best airlines I have ever flown. Beats out LH and the US Carriers by a long shot. I'm happy to see that they are now up there with Emirates and Etihad in terms of quality and modern fleet.



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User currently onlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1744 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 6120 times:

Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 18):
I apologize if I am being picky, but it is actually called an Oryx.

Lol, I forgot the english term. In Arabic its called Al-Maha



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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8625 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5286 times:

I think Y class will like all the leg room they have.

MCOflyer



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User currently offline6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3314 posts, RR: 20
Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5244 times:

Quoting Thorben (Reply 4):
Only 266 seats? Pax will have a lot of space.

TG's A346's only have 267 seats!

8 F, 60 J, 199 Y...


User currently offlineThorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3684 times:

Quoting Jdevora (Reply 12):
Could somebody point out the differences between the old A346 and the A346HGW version?

http://www.airbus.com/en/presscentre...s/06_04_14_certifies_a3400600.html

Quoting 6thfreedom (Reply 21):
TG's A346's only have 267 seats!

8 F, 60 J, 199 Y...

OK, I'm too used to the lack of comfort on LH planes  crowded . They pack in as many as 369 in an A346. But they don't have a business class.

54 J, 315 Y


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