Carls From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 522 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4602 times:
I think these two A345 are for Conviasa. I was in Venezuela three month ago and Chavez was on TV stating that they were going to buy some Airbus, he mentioned the A340-500 and also the president of the airline mentioned few A330.
Polot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 1868 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4602 times:
Quoting Carls (Reply 14): I think these two A345 are for Conviasa. I was in Venezuela three month ago and Chavez was on TV stating that they were going to buy some Airbus, he mentioned the A340-500 and also the president of the airline mentioned few A330.
I believe they were looking at buying Ethiad's (The A340-500s that is), but the deal might have since fallen through (that happens a lot with the A345...).
r2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2441 posts, RR: 1 Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4601 times:
Interesting. I hope they find a nice "home" for them. A345's can still be useful as VIP aircraft or for very niche airlines.
I assume these are the two remaining ex-IT frames, and nothing to do with the ones SQ will be returning?
In that case, they should be MSN886 & MSN902.
IIRC, 5 IT frames were built, 2 went to Arik, 1 to Tunisia (or was it Algeria?), and these would be the remaining two.
Any additions or corrections are welcome, the history of the last handful of A345's built is extremely confusing
zeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 8247 posts, RR: 74 Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4603 times:
Quoting r2rho (Reply 17): Interesting. I hope they find a nice "home" for them.
I would not be surprised to see more and more A340s going to African operators, SonAir in Angola I seem to recall had 2 A340-500s on order at some stage. The A340-500 would be a useful aircraft for them to open up services to China where a lot of the oil industry financing is coming from in the region.
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CARST From Germany, joined Jul 2006, 749 posts, RR: 1 Reply 23, posted (1 year 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4599 times:
Wouldn't SA be interested, the aircraft would fit in well with their other A340s and they have some rather long routes with without ETOPS alternative airports to South America and Australia. I think the A345 can fly these routes at MTOW, thus turning the same profit as a comparable two-engined aircraft which might be more profitable overall, but takes a payload-hit on these long sectors. The A345 remains a niche aircraft, but there is a market for very few airlines which already operate other types of the A340 family.