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Why Are There A340-200s In Iberia's Schedule?

Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:48 am

I was just looking at IB's schedule from the US to Spain this summer, and I saw that they have an A340-200 operating some BOS-MAD flights (for example on June 21 and June 22). As far as I know, IB has no plans to operate A340-200s, so is the equipment supposed to be A340-300 or A330-300? When are the first A330-300s arriving anyway?
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RE: Why Are There A340-200s In Iberia's Schedule?

Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:05 am

IB doesn't actually have any A342s. It just so happens that IB uses the A342 aircraft type code on its timetables to denote flights which will be served by an A340-300 with less BusinessPlus seats (only 24, if i'm not mistaken).
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RE: Why Are There A340-200s In Iberia's Schedule?

Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:21 am

Oh, I see. Thanks for the info! I didn't realize they had more than one 343 configuration.

For some reason it bothers me when airlines use aircraft codes for types they don't fly. AZ does it too. All of their 767-300 flights show up in the timetables as "764". Not the end of the world, just a pet peeve of mine.
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RE: Why Are There A340-200s In Iberia's Schedule?

Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:31 am

Quoting FSDan (Reply 2):
Oh, I see. Thanks for the info! I didn't realize they had more than one 343 configuration.

You're most welcome !  
Quoting FSDan (Reply 2):
For some reason it bothers me when airlines use aircraft codes for types they don't fly. AZ does it too. All of their 767-300 flights show up in the timetables as "764". Not the end of the world, just a pet peeve of mine.

Trust me, you're not the only one with that particular pet peeve !
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RE: Why Are There A340-200s In Iberia's Schedule?

Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:42 pm

Quoting RAGAZZO777 (Reply 3):
Trust me, you're not the only one with that particular pet peeve !

What's even worse - some airlines don't even mention the type of aircraft operating the flight anywhere on their website! For example easyJet and FlyBE!
 
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RE: Why Are There A340-200s In Iberia's Schedule?

Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:59 pm

Quoting downtown273 (Reply 4):
FlyBE!

flybe does - just do a dummy booking and a page or two in they state it.
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RE: Why Are There A340-200s In Iberia's Schedule?

Mon Apr 23, 2012 3:22 pm

Quoting downtown273 (Reply 4):
easyJet

They only operate A319 and A320. So you shouldn't be too surprised by the choice of aircraft on a particular route. I guess they switch between those 2 types based on demand, so maybe they don't know themselves what aircraft will fly what route beforehand.
 
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RE: Why Are There A340-200s In Iberia's Schedule?

Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:08 pm

Quoting downtown273 (Reply 4):
What's even worse - some airlines don't even mention the type of aircraft operating the flight anywhere on their website! For example easyJet and FlyBE!

For quite a while Pan Am timetables didn't identify which flights were operated by the 707 and which by the DC-8. They just showed "JET" as the equipment type.
 
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RE: Why Are There A340-200s In Iberia's Schedule?

Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:34 am

Quoting downtown273 (Reply 4):
FlyBE!

Stated on the right hand side a few pages into the booking.
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RE: Why Are There A340-200s In Iberia's Schedule?

Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:01 am

Quoting FSDan (Reply 2):
Oh, I see. Thanks for the info! I didn't realize they had more than one 343 configuration.

They are called the "Caribbean" 343s since they were primarily thought for heavy touristic destinations (think HAV, SDQ etc.). I guess premium demand to BOS is not that high during the summer months.
 
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RE: Why Are There A340-200s In Iberia's Schedule?

Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:55 am

Quoting gingersnap (Reply 8):
Stated on the right hand side a few pages into the booking.

Thanks for the tip! It's well hidden and need to click further to see if each type of aircraft on the journey is different. But know I know  
Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 6):
They only operate A319 and A320. So you shouldn't be too surprised by the choice of aircraft on a particular route. I guess they switch between those 2 types based on demand, so maybe they don't know themselves what aircraft will fly what route beforehand.

If base ABC has 1 A319s and 1 A320, and have 2 6:00am departures, one to destination XXX and the other one to destination YYY, they must know which aircraft is operating what route before they decide to sell either 156 seats or 180 seats on each of them. They don't change the aircraft type based on demand as a last-minute source. Specially now that they are trialing the allocated seating.

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