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Iberia A340 At LHR Last Night  
User currently offlineRatypus From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 177 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 12517 times:

What was an Iberia A340 doing on the apron at Terminal 5 at LHR last night, around 19.30? High capacity flight to Madrid? Charter?

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User currently offlineRatypus From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 177 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 12458 times:

Having looked through the timetable, it looks like one early evening flight on each of BA and Iberia is operated by a widebody (767 for BA, A340 for Iberia) - presumably to capture both the 'end of day' business traffic from London to Madrid (and incoming connections from the BA network), and to feed Iberia's South and Central America evening departures....? Was not aware of this scheduling, and was surprised to see it last night but I guess that must be the explanation.

User currently offlineLHRFlyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2010, 820 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 12411 times:

It also operates to ship cargo between the two hubs.

User currently offlineRatypus From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 177 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 12139 times:

Interesting, thanks. Does the A340 then get turned around in MAD for an overnight to the Americas? Seems to arrive into MAD fairly late (22.00 or so) for the aircraft to be turned around, unless it operates something departing around 01.00 am?

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27234 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 12121 times:

I have seen them a few times whilst waiting in LHR . They often run it down to MAD. I think the IB3167 at 18:40 is a regular 342 service.

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User currently offlinescbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12785 posts, RR: 46
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 12103 times:
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IB's A340s (-300s and -600s) have been a pretty regular sight at LHR for some months now. I think there's only one a day though.


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User currently offlineSKAirbus From Norway, joined Oct 2007, 1789 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 11973 times:

This is a daily flight. Usually the 346 parks up at T5C. Often see it over central London on my way home from work.


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User currently offlinesumma767 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 11820 times:

Quoting Ratypus (Reply 3):
Interesting, thanks. Does the A340 then get turned around in MAD for an overnight to the Americas? Seems to arrive into MAD fairly late (22.00 or so) for the aircraft to be turned around, unless it operates something departing around 01.00 am?

It can easily be turned around for a flight to the Americas, as IB has a few flights that depart at around 00.30, and it can manage some rather short turn-arounds of 90 mins, or so.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19244 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 11677 times:

Quoting summa767 (Reply 7):
IB has a few flights that depart at around 00.30

Yep! E.g. today, it had:

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0035: Mexico City
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User currently offlineslinky09 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2009, 848 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 11668 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
I have seen them a few times whilst waiting in LHR . They often run it down to MAD. I think the IB3167 at 18:40 is a regular 342 service.

It's often a 346 and sometimes a 343 (you're pictures are 346s by the way).

I asked this question a while back and the principal response was that it's very lucrative for cargo.


User currently offlineKaiTak747 From Switzerland, joined Aug 2012, 157 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 11435 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):

I have seen them a few times whilst waiting in LHR . They often run it down to MAD. I think the IB3167 at 18:40 is a regular 342 service.

Iberia only operates the A340-300 and A346.

Quoting slinky09 (Reply 9):
I asked this question a while back and the principal response was that it's very lucrative for cargo.

Exactly, the IB A340 flight flies with poor passenger loads, but absolutely full of cargo, which I would guess connects to South America.

It must be a great experience, especially in Business, having a lie flat seat for a 2 hour flight! This must be the shortest A340 flight in the World (apart from perhaps the LAN Madrid-Frankfurt tag?)


User currently offlineeicvd From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2179 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 11328 times:

Quoting KaiTak747 (Reply 10):
Iberia only operates the A340-300 and A346

But on their booking system or whatever it is misleading, 342 is down as the equipment used on certain routes. There was a thread on this matter a few months ago

Iberia A340-200? (by A340crew Feb 7 2012 in Civil Aviation)


User currently offlinetom355uk From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 336 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 11125 times:

Quoting KaiTak747 (Reply 10):

In sure they actually operate a MAD - BCN flight with an A343, which then continues on to GRU; Sundays IIRC.

That would surely be the shortest A340 flight, even though I suppose it is technically a positioning flight where seats are sold!

Always nice to see an A340 about anyway 



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1367 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10545 times:

Yeah, im booked on a BA 767 to MAD and an IB A343 back again in October. Been using A340's on the route for around a year now. They used them a few years back too for a period.


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User currently offlinemingocr83 From Costa Rica, joined Dec 2007, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 9094 times:

Quoting tom355uk (Reply 12):

Man, this flight continues to SJO...



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User currently offlineTalaier From Spain, joined May 2008, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8812 times:

Quoting mingocr83 (Reply 14):
Man, this flight continues to SJO...

I believe it stays in MAD. IB flies 340s between MAD and BCN as non-schengen flights full of connecting pax from BCN into IB's long-haul destinations.

Quoting KaiTak747 (Reply 10):
Exactly, the IB A340 flight flies with poor passenger loads, but absolutely full of cargo, which I would guess connects to South America.

Yes, it's one of the initiatives of the newly created IAG Cargo.


User currently offlineshankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1547 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8812 times:

Quoting KaiTak747 (Reply 10):
This must be the shortest A340 flight in the World (apart from perhaps the LAN Madrid-Frankfurt tag?)

JNB-CPT often run with an SAA A346, although with a similar 2hr block time



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User currently offlinetheobcman From UK - England, joined Nov 2010, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8564 times:

The IB A346 or 343 is a daily run. I'm booked on the A346 in November LHR-MAD. Trip report coming up !

User currently offlineRatypus From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 177 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8151 times:

Next time I am headed to MAD this is definitely going to get my vote ahead of the usual Easyjet boring frames.....!!

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27234 posts, RR: 60
Reply 19, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7698 times:

Quoting slinky09 (Reply 9):
It's often a 346 and sometimes a 343 (you're pictures are 346s by the way).

Yes I know its a 346 Im not that bad  
Quoting eicvd (Reply 11):
But on their booking system or whatever it is misleading, 342 is down as the equipment used on certain routes.

Your right I did some checks a few weeks back and its loaded as 342 !


User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4743 times:

Iberia 343: A340-300 with 36J / 218Y seats (9 aircraft)
Iberia 342: A340-300 with 24J / 267Y seats (7 aircraft)

As has been discussed here quite often (there has been a thread or two about this and a link to one of them has been put in this thread), those aircraft with the code "342" are equipped with newer slimline seats in economy and individual power outlets. And before someone asks, there are no plans to install PTVs on any A340-300, as most, if not all of them, will start being phased out soon (5 of Iberia's A343s have been retired so far and 2 of them are flying with South African Airways already).



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User currently offlineaquariusHKG From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2010, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4075 times:

LHR-MAD is short, but not the shortest

CX flies their 343 on HKG-TPE, 200 nm or so shorter


User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1712 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3570 times:

LX often uses A330/A340's ZRH-GVA and vv. for positioning, and AFAIK utilize the aircraft on scheduled flights.
ZRH-GVA is only 143nm according the global circle mapper, whereas HKG-TPE is 501nm.



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