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GF Looking At A340-600  
User currently offlineCV580Freak From Bahrain, joined Jul 2005, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 11642 times:

On top of it's recent order for 15 x A330-300's and 20 x A320's GF is in talks with Airbus regarding a possible order for 8 x A340-600's.

50% of these new long haul aircraft would be used on existing routes and the remainder to open up new destinations in US and Canada.


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User currently offlineScouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3403 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 11643 times:

Wow that's a curve ball - I wonder if early availability is a factor here - there's a long long wait for T7s now. If this comes off I'll be amazed - I'd not expected to see any new customers for the A345 or A346!

User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12897 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 11579 times:
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Ooh, they would look good in GF colours.  drool 


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User currently offlineBurkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4409 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 11493 times:

Cool, in these colors. I hope they do it. Seems they somehow got their problems fixed, or is the economy in the Gulf area so strong that they didn't need to?

User currently offlineSabenapilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 2728 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 11444 times:



Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 1):
I'd not expected to see any new customers for the A345 or A346!

I've told you in a different topic about who would get the last A340, that we're not there yet...

There will be A340 orders this year too, just as there were last year and the year before, and the year before.... and before... why would this year be any different?


User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2893 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 11446 times:

Great news the 346 will look stunning in the gold nose livery , i am assuming they will open up NYC, YYZ, ORD and perhaps reinstate SYD

Karan


User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 11406 times:

I know that the CX aircraft are already spoken for, but when are QR supposed to get rid of their a346 (if at all) and have those already found new owners? A possibility for GF?


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User currently offlineWINGS From Portugal, joined May 2005, 2831 posts, RR: 68
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 11346 times:



Quoting CV580Freak (Thread starter):
On top of it's recent order for 15 x A330-300's and 20 x A320's GF is in talks with Airbus regarding a possible order for 8 x A340-600's.

Don't you mean 20 x A333's and 15 x A32X's?

Sure would be nice to see more A340 orders.  Smile

Quoting Sabenapilot (Reply 4):
There will be A340 orders this year too, just as there were last year and the year before, and the year before.... and before... why would this year be any different?

Yet another good hint from you Sir. Such a shame that majority don't give more value to your knowledge.  Wink

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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 11328 times:

I was under the impression that GF were chaging their livery. Shame if that is indeed the case. an A346 would indeed look fantastic in the current livery.

Would be ironic if they take A346s just as next door neighbour QR are getting rid of theirs.....



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User currently offlineAsiaflyer From Singapore, joined May 2007, 1164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 11222 times:



Quoting Sabenapilot (Reply 4):
why would this year be any different?

Ask the ones who used to sell black and white TVs.  Wink
Just joking.....

Your input is always much appreciated and accurate.
 Smile



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User currently offlinePilot21 From Ireland, joined Oct 1999, 1386 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 11050 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 8):
Would be ironic if they take A346s just as next door neighbour QR are getting rid of theirs.....

I didn't know Qatar were getting rid of their 4 aircraft, mind filling me in a bit more?

Pilot21

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User currently offlineFrigatebird From Netherlands, joined Jun 2008, 1715 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 10941 times:



Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 1):
I wonder if early availability is a factor here - there's a long long wait for T7s now.

But the A330/A340 is sold out for years as well - till well into 2011 AFAIK. If not even later.

Quoting Cornish (Reply 8):
Would be ironic if they take A346s just as next door neighbour QR are getting rid of theirs.....

Maybe they ARE going next door, as Kappel suggested. That could be a possibility if GF does need the planes at (relative) short notice. 4 from QR, and after receiving those 4 from Airbus direct. Otherwise I wouldn't know why they wouldn't order 77W's, since they already have 787's on order.

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 2):
Ooh, they would look good in GF colours.

Couldn't agree more!  bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 10920 times:



Quoting Pilot21 (Reply 10):
I didn't know Qatar were getting rid of their 4 aircraft, mind filling me in a bit more?

From what I've been told by them, the A346s will be leaving the fleet in due course as more of the 773s come into service.



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User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 859 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 10921 times:

Love to see GF flying the fabulous A340-600, but I hold my breath til its a firm order from Airbus/GF.

Hmmm, what c/s do they have these days? Still the gold-blue white?

Cheers

//Micke  wave 



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User currently offlineBurkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4409 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 10867 times:

Imagine

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Gulf-Air/Airbus-A330-243/1359291

on a long aircraft.


User currently offlineSwisser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 10823 times:

I hear a lot of gossip about these A340-600 in Gulf Air.
We could use them though on BKK and MNL...

Quoting Burkhard (Reply 3):
Seems they somehow got their problems fixed

In the gulf it actually all depends on how much money the shaikhs want to throw in...
In Dubai they even call it profit!
And if you can sort out your corruption within...

Quoting Cornish (Reply 8):
I was under the impression that GF were chaging their livery.

Not until the delivery of the 787's.


User currently offlineEnginebird From United States of America, joined May 2007, 344 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 10757 times:

It will look absolutely stunning in Gulf livery.

AND, I have to say that I do very well understand why they prefer the A340 to the T7: its just much better looking and a much much nicer/quieter plane to fly in.
 Big grin

I do actually go out of my way to be able to fly on A340s. I have been on 6 A346 flights this year already (LA and SA) and will go to Japan on Finnair's "new" A343s in a few weeks (deliberately avoiding their MD11s by choosing a different destination and taking the Shinkansen bullet-train to where I need to go).


User currently offlineScouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3403 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 10671 times:



Quoting Sabenapilot (Reply 4):
I've told you in a different topic about who would get the last A340, that we're not there yet...

There will be A340 orders this year too, just as there were last year and the year before, and the year before.... and before... why would this year be any different?

apologies Sabenapilot - I really rate your info too - I musn't of being paying attention, I'd expected top-ups here and there and a couple of private orders but not completely new customers. I'm delighted to be proved wrong! Big grin


User currently offlineCloud4000 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 641 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 9829 times:



Quoting Burkhard (Reply 3):
Cool, in these colors. I hope they do it. Seems they somehow got their problems fixed, or is the economy in the Gulf area so strong that they didn't need to?

I think it's a little of both. With GF concentrating service only in BAH, they can offer one-stop service to Asia and grab some business from EK, QR, Eithad, etc.



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User currently offlineEA772LR From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2836 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9271 times:



Quoting Scbriml (Reply 2):
Ooh, they would look good in GF colours. drool

 highfive  I really hope GF picks up some 346s. They would look nice in the GF livery! I think a 77W would look nice in their livery to be fair  wink 



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User currently offlineRichM From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 803 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9171 times:

I came to this thread wondering why your girlfriend was looking at the A340-600, as I misinterpreted the "GF" lol.

Does this airline only have airbuses in its fleet?


User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 772 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7383 times:
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Quoting Enginebird (Reply 16):
I do actually go out of my way to be able to fly on A340s.

I do just the same  Smile The 340 is one quiet aircraft Big grin

A 340-600 in GF colors would look absolutely stunning  Smile

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User currently offlineYULWinterSkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2185 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7135 times:

Well, there is fierce competition there with EY, QR and EK. GF has to stand up or die. Standing up includes new equipment to new open new routes. A380 anyone?

Agreed on the livery. Would look stunning.



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User currently offlineB6WNQX From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7018 times:

Looks good to me...

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User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3055 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6033 times:

Would be great is A340-600's did appear in the fleet!

I appreciate the A340-500/600 are a very different aircraft to the A340-300's they fly now, but from what I have read previously GF wanted rid of the A340 from their fleet and this is what the some of the recently ordered A330's were going to do and replace them.

Thai Airlines have recently announced they are scrapping their A340-500's, I wonder if the price is any good if GF would be interested in these. They could get hold of these in a relatively short space of time.


25 Ozair : I don't think you'll see them back at SYD. The traffic was very low yield, their inflight product probably didn't help and they fly one stop via SIN.
26 Burkhard : I think GF wants the -600. which is a very economical plane, only beaten by the 77W, but ( LH numbers ) far better than A343,B744. -500 would only ma
27 Kappel : The GF livery looks good on any plane IMHO. But that GF a380 looks really sweet! The livery fits the a380 really well... . Unfortunatly we will not s
28 Behramjee : GF should not waste its money buying brand new A 346s as it can if it wants to get a sweet deal for TG's 4 A 345s which can be reconfigured according
29 Aleksandar : Does it mean that GF is getting better and back in competition with EK, EY and QR? Hmm, that is another thing that confuses me. A340-600 doesn't seem
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