About the three hours, false indeed, remember for instance the stop in LIM
in the EZE
route; it takes less that that time. About the brakes getting hot, there is actually a true base: failed takeoffs, they just burn... it has happened a couple of times here in SCL
For LAN the most suitable long-haul aircraft is the A340-300. LAN doesn't need the 777's or the A346's...
Anxebla: this time we'll disagree, I think a 777 would suit better. It is known that the 343 has been unable to perform as expected in the SCL
route, but you have a very valid and undeniable fact about the ETOPS and the route to Oceania... which would change after the 777LR that could even suit for a potencial destinations to NRT
, SEL and SIN
... LAN has always been very loyal to Boeing aircraft, so are their pilots, and economic issues, as posted, were key in the Airbus deal.
And God no! please keep us away of the 345 and the 346...But it's also true that LAN is very happy with the performance of the 320/319s.
... BUT I've heard this from a very good insider: not all the people in LA
are happy with the 320s... and again nothing to do with performance (as in the case of the 340), but for financial issues: the leasing fee. Apparently, at the current price of the old 732s, the economic choise of the 320 sounds not that smart nowadays, and many people inside critizice that fact. About the 340? this guy told me nothing, but rumours inside LAN are many.
... more along the lines of the A340's general-inability to directly climb out over the Andes Cordillera whereas high-powered 777s can.
CBoy: not exactly. No commercial aircraft overfly Santiago and climbs directly The Andes. I've cross those mountains in both aircraft: 777 and 343 (and 727, 737, 767, etc) and I can tell you there's absolutely no difference in the path followed: all of them are demanded to climb towards the south, turn left and cross...
Now as for the original topic: the deliver of the 2 343s remaining: as all the people know, the 340 original purpose was to replace the 763 in those golden growing years before 9-11. After that, although LAN never lost a single cent, the growing stimations felt down, and the deliveries were suspended, as well as the option negotiated for 14 more 340s...
The fifth one was supposed to be delivered in 2004, although it was delayed. The official version says that the aircraft will be delivered in Jun-Jul this year (it's actually needed with the frequency increase to Australia), but as posted, nothing for sure. The 6th was scheduled for next year.
Now the 777 ????
That's another story: LAN in my opinion is in the perfect condition for negotiating with Boeing. The strongest airline in the region and now a weakened Boeing (nothing like 1999). LAN will play that "pretty lady of the ballroom" and will hear proposals of both manufacturers. A 777 is a natural upgrade for the 767 and for me it would be a natural choise in 1999, but again, I think economical scenario is totally different now, so, although I think it's unlikely, there's a chance LAN will finally turn back and return to the Boeing way we all love
Regards )( Arcano
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