MEA From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 631 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1135 times:
The following article was extracted from the MEA website ;
"Upon expiry of the lease contract of two Airbus, A310-300, 1985 model, with total seating capacity of 372, two modern airbuses have been leased, with total seating capacity of 379. The first is an A320-300, '98 model, touched down at BIA ramp on March 7th, and the second, an A300-600, '95 model should be received on April 7, 2001.
It is relevant to add that the policy of fleet modernization was started and intended to continue until end of 2003."
Firstly, Airbus does not make an A320-300 so does anyone know what type of aircraft they are referring to, is it the A330-300?
Secondly, who were the previous owners of these aircraft?
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4257 posts, RR: 35
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1013 times:
There is no A320-300, of course it are A320-200s. They lease two aircraft, F-OHLO in January and F-OHLU in March. The identity of the last one is still unconfirmed but I believe it's cn 752 ex EI-TLO, because that one is also ex ILFC/TransAer and in the market for lease by early 2001, just like F-OHLO.
The mentioned aircraft will probably replace the older A310-200s, which were ex Singapore 1984/85 models and have less range and fuel efficiency than the A-300s which were built in in mid 90s. The A310-300s are of 1988. The ID of the second A300 is not confirmed yet but I suspect A6-EKM will be a good candidate.
And MEA and Chepos, remember airlines will always call their fleetchanges 'modernizations' etc. And actually you can call it as such, I can't believe I flew MEA's 1960 vintage 720B and their 1968 707s only 6 years ago. They will never issue a press release like 'well, we have bought some rattletraps straight of the scrap heap but that's good enough for you' My sister flew with Belgian charter Constellation 2 years ago and showed me the inflight magazine which stated she flew in a "727, one of the most modern and advanced aircraft now flying"
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
MEA From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 631 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1007 times:
In relation to your last paragraph, I made no reference to the way the article was written. If you reread my post you will see that is an exact copy of the media release. I asked for clarification as to the aircraft type & where they were sourced from.