pilatus
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Help! Is It A A340-200 Or -300?

Wed Oct 10, 2001 11:22 pm

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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RayChuang
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RE: Help! Is It A A340-200 Or -300?

Wed Oct 10, 2001 11:30 pm

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.
 
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RE: Help! Is It A A340-200 Or -300?

Thu Oct 11, 2001 4:06 am

Yes it most probably was an A340-300 as AF hasnt operated the -200 since 97 i beleive
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RE: Help! Is It A A340-200 Or -300?

Thu Oct 11, 2001 3:34 pm

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.
 
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RE: Help! Is It A A340-200 Or -300?

Thu Oct 11, 2001 3:41 pm

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?

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RE: Help! Is It A A340-200 Or -300?

Thu Oct 11, 2001 3:45 pm

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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pilatus
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RE: Help! Is It A A340-200 Or -300?

Fri Oct 12, 2001 11:16 pm

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.
 
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RE: Help! Is It A A340-200 Or -300?

Fri Oct 12, 2001 11:27 pm

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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Maybe anybody can tell me know if it was a 342 or a 343.
 
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RE: Help! Is It A A340-200 Or -300?

Sat Oct 13, 2001 12:14 am

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.
 
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RE: Help! Is It A A340-200 Or -300?

Sat Oct 13, 2001 9:02 pm

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.

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Herman
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RE: Help! Is It A A340-200 Or -300?

Sun Oct 14, 2001 2:07 am

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 ..

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RE: Help! Is It A A340-200 Or -300?

Fri Oct 19, 2001 11:10 pm

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
 
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RE: Help! Is It A A340-200 Or -300?

Sat Oct 20, 2001 1:42 am

HI:

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

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RE: Help! Is It A A340-200 Or -300?

Sat Oct 20, 2001 1:51 am

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

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