Jfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 7343 posts, RR: 7 Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 2467 times:
AF having both A340 and 777's really assigns two missions to the two airplanes. A 772ER is bigger then an A343, so it might send a 772ER to a destination with more demand, say 10% more(that about the actual difference in the the two planes)There is no shame in A343 having no First Class, when they did they only had one row of six seats. The 744 flying from CDG to Miami has no First either. AF flies to so many diverse destinations, from African colonies, Vietnam, Montreal as well as the financial centers in Asia and North America they need mutiple classes of long range planes with two versus three classes.
Cgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1076 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2080 times:
Well from a passengers view I don't see anything wrong with AFs A340s. Their inflight product is more or less the same throughout their fleet so no big difference when it comes to business or economy cabins. I flew their A340 to PHL (econ) this summer and although there were a few minors signs of wear and tear in cabin the overall product/comfort was just fine.
I'm surprised how often I read post here "bashing" the A340. I'm not a technical or engineer type of person but it seems when Airbus introduced the A340 it allowed many medium/smaller airlines to operate more non-stop long distance routes. Also, it came at a time when some airlines were looking to replace older DC-10s, 767s, and A300s, etc.
If any airline was "ashamed" or unhappy with the A340 they would have replaced them by now.
P.S. France doesn't have to any colonies in Africa.....they're FORMER colonies