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LTU A330-300 D-AERF Question

Tue May 16, 2006 7:22 am

While looking through pictures on Planepictures.net I have noticed four photos that show D-AERF without LTU titles and the caption on one of the photo says that it will soon be returned to the leaser. Any idea what airline is going to take her after she returns to the leasing company?


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RE: LTU A330-300 D-AERF Question

Tue May 16, 2006 2:54 pm

The aircraft is going to Air Madrid. It will most likely fly in a hybrid colorscheme for their new owner for a while until it gets a slot in the paintshop.
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RE: LTU A330-300 D-AERF Question

Tue May 16, 2006 3:11 pm

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 1):
The aircraft is going to Air Madrid. It will most likely fly in a hybrid colorscheme for their new owner for a while until it gets a slot in the paintshop.

An NM hybrid scheme would look hideous on a former LT aircraft, I'm sure of that. And they better let LT do maintenance on that aircraft.

I'm a bit surprised that LT is retiring one of their A333s. Does this have to do with a rejected lease due to their current financial problems or is there another reason why they're reducing overall capacity.

Here are a few pictures of D-AERF without titles and with a white painted radome.

http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=485709
http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=486297

BTW, does anyone know the exact registration the aircraft will take up when its delivered to NM?
 
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RE: LTU A330-300 D-AERF Question

Tue May 16, 2006 3:14 pm

They have replaced D-AERF one-for-one with A330-200 D-ALPH. This makes sense both from a capacity and flexibility standpoint. The A332 has fewer seats and is therefore easier to fill the other 8-9 months of the year when demand is not at its peak. Also due to its higher range, it can be used on the more profitable longhaul routes without payload restrictions.
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RE: LTU A330-300 D-AERF Question

Tue May 16, 2006 3:16 pm

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 3):
They have replaced D-AERF one-for-one with A330-200 D-ALPH. This makes sense both from a capacity and flexibility standpoint. The A332 has fewer seats and is therefore easier to fill the other 8-9 months of the year when demand is not at its peak. Also due to its higher range, it can be used on the more profitable longhaul routes without payload restrictions.

Makes sense. Thanks for explaining.
 
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RE: LTU A330-300 D-AERF Question

Tue May 16, 2006 3:19 pm

You're very welcome.  Smile
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RE: LTU A330-300 D-AERF Question

Mon May 29, 2006 11:12 pm

D-AERF has now become EC-JTB with Air Madrid. So watch out, MAD spotters! Big grin
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RE: LTU A330-300 D-AERF Question

Tue May 30, 2006 12:08 am

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 6):
D-AERF has now become EC-JTB with Air Madrid. So watch out, MAD spotters! Big grin

Thanks for the heads up! I'm leaving for Spain in two weeks so I hope to see it then.
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