klmcedric
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What's A TAM A330 Doing At AUH?

Sun Jul 16, 2006 8:52 pm

Was just curious, as we were taxiing across AUH I saw a TAM A330 in one of the hangars. Has it been sold to Etihad or something similar?
 
kiwiandrew

RE: What's A TAM A330 Doing At AUH?

Sun Jul 16, 2006 8:54 pm

...or could it be that it is a new acquisition for TAM from Etihad?
 
Scorpio
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RE: What's A TAM A330 Doing At AUH?

Sun Jul 16, 2006 9:00 pm

I believe a few of Etihad's A330s are leased from TAM. Could it be that they're returning this one to TAM, and it had just been repainted in TAM colors?
 
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viasa
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RE: What's A TAM A330 Doing At AUH?

Sun Jul 16, 2006 9:05 pm

At the moment there are three TAM A330 leased to Etihad

- A6-EYA (PT-MVE)
- A6-EYB (PT-MVD)
- A6-EYX (PT-MVA)

Maybe one of this plane is now on the way back to TAM.
 
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RE: What's A TAM A330 Doing At AUH?

Sun Jul 16, 2006 11:03 pm

Quoting Viasa (Reply 3):
At the moment there are three TAM A330 leased to Etihad

- A6-EYA (PT-MVE)
- A6-EYB (PT-MVD)
- A6-EYX (PT-MVA)

Maybe one of this plane is now on the way back to TAM.

All three are due to come back to TAM during July/August. So seems to be the first one on its way (probably PT-MVA?).
 
donzilasse
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RE: What's A TAM A330 Doing At AUH?

Mon Jul 17, 2006 2:21 am

Yes, I heard that one was due back at first and the other two slightly later. Maybe because of the Varig situation this had to be "sped' up. Maybe Lipe or JJMNGR known more. This off course makes sence when they will need their planes and eventually also are looking into the Varig T7,s.
 
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RE: What's A TAM A330 Doing At AUH?

Mon Jul 17, 2006 2:43 am

Quoting Jog (Reply 4):

All three are due to come back to TAM during July/August. So seems to be the first one on its way (probably PT-MVA?).

And not a moment too soon.....I am sure that TAM needs all of the capacity it can get its hands on due to the difficult situation over at VARIG.
 
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RE: What's A TAM A330 Doing At AUH?

Mon Jul 17, 2006 3:05 am

Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 6):
And not a moment too soon.....I am sure that TAM needs all of the capacity it can get its hands on due to the difficult situation over at VARIG.

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Plus they also need the aircraft for their new LHR flight, which is due to start this October.
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RE: What's A TAM A330 Doing At AUH?

Mon Jul 17, 2006 5:18 am

Probably painting and under delivery check to be returned to TAM. The first one to be returned should be MVA.

No doubt is the first of three A332 leased to Etihad returning to TAM as they need to change seats (TAM announce LHR with First Class and their lie flat seats) and probably some reconfiguration. Two planes will be used on this route and during the day TAM could run some flights to MAO with A332 (this is a cargo matter and probably JJMNGR when possible will grant any news to us).

Besides to the new service to LHR, remember that JFK will become night flight both ways (nowadays GRU-JFK is daily-light) on September 1st, and due to this JJ needs another A332 to run this flight (also with First Class) and during the day, they will upgrade flight 8000 GRU-EZE from A320 to A332 (using one from GRU-JFK).

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