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CX A340-200s

Sat Nov 06, 2004 2:22 am

Why did CX get rid of theire A340-200s is it because they got the A340-300s
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RE: CX A340-200s

Sat Nov 06, 2004 2:26 am

Those A340-200 are leased from Philippine Airlines. But the A340-300 are bought from Airbus.
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RE: CX A340-200s

Sat Nov 06, 2004 2:32 am

The A340-200 became virtually obsolete for most operators with the arrival of the X-variant of the A340-300 in the mid-90s. Cathay´s -200s are now faithfully serving Aerolineas Argentinas after they had been leased out in 1996/97 to Philippines (I don´t know if this applies for every A340-200 Cathy had).
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RE: CX A340-200s

Sat Nov 06, 2004 2:54 am

As I know :-

VR-HMR changed to F-OHPF
VR-HMS changed to F-OHPG
VR-HMT changed to F-OHPH
VR-HMU changed to F-OHPI

which are Philippine Airlines' registrations in early 97.
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RE: CX A340-200s

Sat Nov 06, 2004 3:28 am

From what I recall, the 342s were just a stop-gap measure until the 343s arrived. They only operated the 342s for a short time back around 1995-1996. I saw them at Kai Tak in 96. Are you sure that they were leased from Phillipines? I thought that they were leased at the time from Lufthansa? Or Lufthansa had been a previous user of those frames. Maybe not.
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RE: CX A340-200s

Sat Nov 06, 2004 3:48 am

CX also had 3 ex-Air China A343s which were horrible to operate .. according to cabin crew. CX retained the interior of 3 classes, but the F class was so inferior that CX sold it as J class along with the main J class cabin. But the flat sleeper F seats were assigned to top Oneworld /Marco Polo passengers upon check-in only. I've sat on them before.. and as bad as it was, it was quite comfortable... just don't bank on watching any entertaining IFE's on them though.

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RE: CX A340-200s

Sat Nov 06, 2004 11:00 am

Cathay had ordered a bunch of A340-300s, and when Philippine Airlines could not take their order for them, Airbus offered them as a short lease to Cathay. Cathay saw it as a good opportunity to get to know the A340 and to start crews training on them, so that when our own A340-300s arrived, we would phase them more easily. They were never meant to e a long term lease, but only a short term one until the A343s were delivered. I am not sure if the official lessor is Airbus or Philippine Airlines, but when the A340-300s started arriving, the A340-200s were delivered to Philippine Airlines who used them for a while before they went to Aerolineas Argentinas. Lufthansa never had anything to do with it whatsoever.