My question is, are there any other scheduled intra-European or deomestic flights operated with wide-bodies? LH do with A306 and BA with B767. But are there any other? I heard about IB MAD-FRA with A346 some times ago. Is this information still existent?
Acabgd From Serbia, joined Jul 2005, 635 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4803 times:
Back in the "good old days" and not so distant past, Jat Airways used to fly the DC-10-30 (YU-AMB) on summer flights BEG-TIV. Tivat approach can be very challenging, it was really special to see the DC-10 land there.
I flew once TIV-BEG on this beauty and we truly rocketed out at takeoff.
Very often the plane was also used on the high-load route BEG-ZRH.
TurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1430 posts, RR: 9 Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4441 times:
TK flies 330s and 340s to several cities in Europe especially summer (DUS, FRA, LHR, ORY, ZRH, LYS, AMS, GVA have all seen these aircraft). TK also flies them on high demand domestic routes to BJV, DLM, AYT or ESB.
In 1988/89 Air Inter even wet leased from AF a B747-100 (F-BPVD). It was operated on the biggest routes from ORY (to MRS, BOD, NCE and TLS).
Air Inter almost bought 3 second hand B747SR from JAL, but finally decided to add more A300 to its fleet instead.
As mentionned previously, Air France operated a large fleet of A300 & A310 on its European network until the late 90s.
B747 were also sometimes used on the busiest CDG-LHR route, as shown on this pic. :
FCKC From France, joined Nov 2004, 2348 posts, RR: 4 Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4294 times:
TP A310 on LIS-ORY-LIS .A330 / L15 / 747 in the past.
TK A310/330/340 on IST-ORY-IST
IB A343/346 on MAD-ORY-MAD.DC10 in the past.
BA L10 / 747 / 767 on LHR-CDG-LHR in the past
LH A300/310/AB6 on FRA-CDG-FRA in the past
BCAL A310 on LGW-CDG-LGW in the past.
AZ A300 on FCO-CDG-FCO , MXP-CDG-MXP in the past
SR A310 on ZRH-CDG-ZRH , GVA-CDG-GVA in the past
OA A300/AB6/340/ 747 on ATH-ORY (CDG)-ATH
SU IL86/A310 on SVO-CDG-SVO , LED-CDG-LED in the past
VA DC10 MAD-ORY-MAD in the past
AM DC10 MAD-ORY-MAD in the past
LA DC10 MAD-ORY-MAD in the past
SK DC10 CPH-LBG-CPH , occasionnally in the past
Laker DC10 ORY-NCE-ORY in the past for IT strike
Philb From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 14 Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4273 times:
Interesting how times change. Going back 15-20 years the following airlines all used widebodies for scheduled flights/sectors within Europe. Not all the sectors were operated under Fifth Freedom rights.
The list does not include charter carriers of the time, some of the types were used regularly only on peak day or peak hour flights to replace the scheduled types to cater for heavy loads, e.g. Iberia DC10s on the teatime flight into Heathrow from Madrid:
Aer Lingus B747
Aerolineas Argentinas B747
Air France A300 A310
Air Inter A300
Alitalia A300 DC10
Air Portugal A310 L1011
British Airways B747 B767 L1011
Finnair A300 DC10
Iberia A300 DC10
Iran Air B747
Japan Air B747
KLM A310 DC10
Lufthansa A300 A310
Olympic A300 B747
Sabena A310 B747
SAS DC10 B747
Singapore AL B747
Swissair A310 DC10
Syrian Air B747SP
There were others which had short lived intra European sectors using wide bodies such as Air India, Ariana, Egyptair, Iraqi, Kuwait, Malaysian, Nigerian, Pakistani, Saudia, Thai.