Scouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3307 posts, RR: 10 Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 4 days ago) and read 11162 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!
Frigatebird From Netherlands, joined Jun 2008, 1381 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 10460 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.
Enginebird From United States of America, joined May 2007, 340 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 10276 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.
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).
Scouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3307 posts, RR: 10 Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 10190 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!
Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2964 posts, RR: 1 Reply 24, posted (5 years 6 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5552 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