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Will Iberia Use Heathrow As Training For A340-600

Mon Jun 30, 2003 6:38 pm

When Iberia first got their A340-300s they used them for a while on the MADRID-LONDON Heathrow route, in order to allow pilots to get used to the airplane and in a way, train for what was to come.

Will Iberia use A340-600 to London for a while as well?

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RE: Will Iberia Use Heathrow As Training For A340-600

Mon Jun 30, 2003 10:24 pm

Iberia will start non-stop service between Madrid (Barajas) and Mexico City (Juarez) tomorrow July 1st using the A340-600, so I guess they won't have time to send it to Heathrow because the first example will be serving Mexico City during the high summer season...
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RE: Will Iberia Use Heathrow As Training For A340-600

Mon Jun 30, 2003 10:39 pm

I guess that with the A343 alreayd in use with Iberia, there isn't really a point in having it fly such a short route to get the pilots used to it. All they need to get used to, is the increased size when taxiing (and they have a camera for that) as well as the increased RoC  Laugh out loud
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RE: Will Iberia Use Heathrow As Training For A340-600

Tue Jul 01, 2003 2:01 am

From my experience when we got our A346's.......

The senior training captains on the A343 fleet went to TLS to be trained by Airbus so they could then train others within the company and got their hands on experience with the Airbus test pilots on the A346.

They then began some internal training once the a/c came online with the company. In our case they flew off to a quieter airfield and then took it in turns to fly circuits until everyone was confident with landing taxi-ing and taking off. Once there were enough pilots trained to operate the scheduled services, the rest that came online got trained on regular flights after completeing a 1-2 day classroom and sim based training course.

So in Iberia's case they maybe doing the same sort of thing as the pilots are already trained on the A343 so it's not that much differant on the A346.

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RE: Will Iberia Use Heathrow As Training For A340-600

Tue Jul 01, 2003 5:13 am

The Iberia A340-600 was doing test flight(s). I was at MAD last weekend and saw the A340-600 making a flight to/from MAD. However I doubt that they went to London (Tenerife North would be a more likely candidate as the A340-600 left MAD just about the time a flight to TFN operated by an A340-300 should have left).

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