777way
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Airblue Operate First A340 Today

Wed Nov 28, 2012 2:15 am

Having completed necessary formalities the first A340 will operate the carriers rerouted service to MAN also inaugurating the link to Lahore, the flight was to operate yesterday but was put off for unknown reasons, it will leave LHE at 1.30pm Pak time with a stopover in Islamabad.

Also their second A340 arrived recently, seen here leaving Istanbul on delivery
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777way
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RE: Airblue Operate First A340 Today

Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:58 pm

Return flight was via Ankara's secondary airport ANK says flight radar, why?

http://www.flightradar24.com/data/airplanes/ap-edf
 
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RE: Airblue Operate First A340 Today

Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:44 pm

Will be a direct flight or will they stop in Istanbul? Will they also fly to Birmingham with this flight.
 
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RE: Airblue Operate First A340 Today

Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:01 pm

Istanbul has been dropped, but this new nonstop service made a fuelstop in Ankara.
 
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RE: Airblue Operate First A340 Today

Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:13 pm

Why would it make a stop in Turkey when it can make it to Manchester without refueling unless they pick up more traffic? and drop off passengers.
 
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RE: Airblue Operate First A340 Today

Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:16 pm

It made the stop on the return leg not when flying to MAN, not an expert on aviation but maybe weight restrictions had a part in this.
 
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RE: Airblue Operate First A340 Today

Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:21 pm

Just guessing, but maybe fuel was cheaper at ANK?
Where have all the tri-jets gone...
 
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RE: Airblue Operate First A340 Today

Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:21 pm

Interesting, so PK has some competition. But a 343 has plenty of range to go LHE-MAN plus more - so why the stop in Turkey? Can't be weight. Security?
 
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RE: Airblue Operate First A340 Today

Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:36 pm

If they pick up traffic than it makes sense. Yes PIA has competion now with Airblue with there A343 and Shaheen air with there A 333 and boeing 734 and 738 and 762.
 
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RE: Airblue Operate First A340 Today

Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:46 pm

PIA have now reduced fares for MAN to compete with Airblue.

Quoting 9w748capt (Reply 7):
Can't be weight.

Why not? just guessing there were too much load onboard to carry more fuel so they stopped at ANK for that?
 
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RE: Airblue Operate First A340 Today

Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:28 am

Hopefully Shaheen Air starts service to England and then USA in the next 10 years.

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