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What Is An AB6?  
User currently offlineUnited787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2778 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 20852 times:

I just booked a flight on Thai Airways International from Osaka to Bangkok and they list the aircraft as AB6. Is that an A300-600 or A340-600? They fly both.

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User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3316 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 20852 times:

A300-600 is the correct answer. The A340-600 would be mentioned A346.

User currently offlineUnited787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2778 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 20824 times:

Do you know why they list it that way? Are they trying to be vague so you don't know that you are flying on an A300-600 or is that Airbus lingo?

User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17172 posts, RR: 66
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 20773 times:

Quoting United787 (Reply 2):
Do you know why they list it that way? Are they trying to be vague so you don't know that you are flying on an A300-600 or is that Airbus lingo?

It's to distinguish it from the AB3, which denotes A300-B2 and A300-B4. The "B" in the name is a good hint as to the "AB", since the A300-600 is technically A300B4-600(R).



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 20675 times:

AB6 is the IATA code for the A300-600.
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MEL



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User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 20586 times:

Quoting Iakobos (Reply 1):
The A340-600 would be mentioned A346.

For the IATA code, it is shortened to 346.

A340-200 is 340
A340-300 is 343
A340-500 is 345

Quoting United787 (Reply 2):
Are they trying to be vague so you don't know that you are flying on an A300-600 or is that Airbus lingo?

It's not vague when after you learn them, and use them every day...as easy to learn as any other acronyms you use in the everyday life of an aviation professional; part of the territory...



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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 20584 times:

Quoting United787 (Thread starter):
Thai Airways International from Osaka to Bangkok and they list the aircraft as AB6.

Here you go:


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User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 20564 times:

Quoting Stirling (Reply 5):
A340-200 is 340

I would think it was A342? Iberia uses the sign "A340" when they don't have a scheduled A340-300 or A340-600 on the route, it would depend on loads or what's availble.



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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 20541 times:

As mentioned, the IATA code for the A340-200 is 340.

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User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4700 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 20455 times:

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 7):
I would think it was A342? Iberia uses the sign "A340" when they don't have a scheduled A340-300 or A340-600 on the route, it would depend on loads or what's availble.

I agree, it must be 342.
Just like IB, LH doesn´t have (anymore) A342 but in timetables A340 is almost exclusively used, just like with IB, the aircraft are switched depending on demand.



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User currently offlineAbbs380 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 20404 times:

lhttp://www.airlinecodes.co.uk/acrtypes.htm

User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 20364 times:

Quoting A342 (Reply 9):
I agree, it must be 342.

Agree all you want, but it isn't.

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User currently offlineCrosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2603 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 20295 times:
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340 is the generic code for the A340 family, just like 32S is the generic code for the A320 family.

Individual Airbus codes as follows (IATA/ICAO/Full Name/Wake Turb Cat)

310 A310 Airbus A310 all pax models H
312 A310 Airbus A310-200 pax H
313 A310 Airbus A310-300 pax H
318 A318 Airbus A318 M
319 A319 Airbus A319 M
31F A310 Airbus A310 Freighter M
31X A310 Airbus A310-200 Freighter M
31Y A310 Airbus A310-300 Freighter M
320 A320 Airbus A320-100/200 M
321 A321 Airbus A321-100/200 M
32S n/a Airbus A318/319/320/321 M
330 A330 Airbus A330 all models H
332 A332 Airbus A330-200 H
333 A333 Airbus A330-300 H
340 A340 Airbus A340 all models H
342 A342 Airbus A340-200 H
343 A343 Airbus A340-300 H
345 A345 Airbus A340-500 H
346 A346 Airbus A340-600 H
380 Airbus A380 pax H
38F Airbus A380 Freighter H
AB3 A30B Airbus Industrie A300 pax H
AB4 A30B Airbus Industrie A300B2/B4/C4 pax H
AB6 A306 Airbus Industrie A300-600 pax H
ABB A3ST Airbus Industrie A300-600ST Beluga Freighter H
ABF A30B Airbus Industrie A300 Freighter H
ABX A30B Airbus Industrie A300C4/F4 Freighter H
ABY A306 Airbus Industrie A600-600 Freighter H

Regards
CROSSWIND


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17172 posts, RR: 66
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 20269 times:

Quoting United787 (Reply 2):
Are they trying to be vague so you don't know that you are flying on an A300-600 or is that Airbus lingo?

It's all about data quantity. Most of the booking/scheduling systems were not developed so recently, so why waste data space. 3 digits are enough.



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