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Help! Is It A A340-200 Or -300?  
User currently offlinePilatus From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 185 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1992 times:

Early November 1998 I flew from Paris CDG to Singapore with Air France. At this time I thought I was aboard a A340-200, but later I was told that AF had no A340-200's anymore at this time.

Is this true?
Is it possible to recognize the exact type with photos of the wing?

I have taken two inflight photos of the aircraft:

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I hope anyone can clarify this, because I still think it was a A340-200.



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User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7989 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1911 times:

If you flew the A340 in 1998, it's likely you flew an A340-300. I believe that AF sold off their A340-200 fleet by 1996-1997 time frame or so.

User currently offlineAFC_Ajax00 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 775 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1824 times:

Yes it most probably was an A340-300 as AF hasnt operated the -200 since 97 i beleive


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User currently offlineDatamanA340 From South Korea, joined Dec 2000, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1755 times:

You cannot judge whether it's -200 or -300 by wings because those two have same wing. I don't believe AF operates -200 for so great destination like Singapore.


User currently offline9v-spk From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1737 times:

A342 was still in their fleet before November 1998.A342 also operated to Asian cities, like Seoul, and they did operate to Singapore.But i'm not sure...whether your flight was a 324 or 343...but you could actually define whether it is a 2 or 3 by its appearance.Any pics of the appearance?

Best Regards


User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1727 times:

I flew F-GLZE (A340-200) with AF in 1998 on CDG-SEL:


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So it could have been a -200  Laugh out loud



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User currently offlinePilatus From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1676 times:

oh no, so it looks like I'll never find out if I was on a 342 or 343... unfortunately I don't have any other photos of the aircraft, but it seems that the chance of having flown on a 342 is greater than a 342.

Thanks anyway.


User currently offlinePilatus From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1678 times:

Hey, maybe I have a solution!
Is it possible to find out what type I flew if I know from which seat I have taken the photo?

The flight was AF256 on Nov. 10, 1998.

The following photos I took from seat 25J.

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Photo © Chris Waser



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Photo © Chris Waser



Maybe anybody can tell me know if it was a 342 or a 343.


User currently offlineBLACK BOX From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1654 times:

Pilatus,

No self-respecting aviation enthusiast or spotter would ever NOT write down the REGISTRATION of the aircraft he/she was flying on, very naughty of you Pilatus.

Had you noted the registration, the many experts on this board would have been able to answer you question very quickly.


User currently offlineTsv From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1641 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1615 times:

Easiest way I reckon is count the number of windows in the group immediately behind the second door. If it's 8 it's a -300 whereas if it's 4 it's a -200 (don't forget to look for any blanks in this group and count them as well). Obviously the -300 is also longer aft of the wing (4 more windows than the -200) although these are harder to count.

Regards

Rob



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User currently offlineHerman From Singapore, joined Jul 2000, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1582 times:

Hmm,

All I can say its an A340 from the nozzle pointing out. Maybe you can see pictures of 342 and see whether there's a nozzle stickin out and compare it with the 343.

I hope I'm right, or something like that ..

Cheerios,
Herman  Smokin cool


User currently offlinePilatus From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1560 times:

Thanks for the help, so it really seems to be impossible to find out. Too bad. At this time I wasn't that much into aviation photographing, so I didn't take a photo when I left the aircraft in SIN. But about 20 flights ago i started to write down the Reg.° of the aircraft I flew, so this won't happen again  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineRJ_Delta From Chile, joined Oct 2000, 1944 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1536 times:

HI:

It is a Airbus A340-300. Air France sold their A340-200 in 1997.

Regards,
RJ_Delta.


User currently offline9v-spk From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1529 times:

I thought people were saying thay A342 were still operated in 1998!Look at the posts above!!

Best Regards


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