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A310 Over A340: Merkels Choice

Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:51 pm

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For those fluent in the german language:,1518,791412,00.html

It's a fun read. Basic outline:
German Chancellor Merkel and a number of industry representatives were to fly a trip to Mongolia on the government's brand new, second hand A340 "Konrad Adenauer".
Unfortunately, the runways at ULN supposingly are too short to be able to handle the quad, so instead the whole delegation had to switch to an A310, which de-facto already left the government fleet but now is restored until 2013.
The plane, instead of flying the round-trip BER-HAN-ULN-BER, had to go BER-PEE-HAN-OVB-ULN-BER for obvious reasons.
The article also stresses the limited space of the ex-GDR 91-seater and its poor IFE and government comm systems which suffer from defects frequently. The A340 has 143 seats and carries the name which the A310 used to carry.

The whole "Luftbereitschaft" fleet is currently renewed, thank the Lord. Newest addition is a Global 5000

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