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What Is An AB6?

Thu Oct 06, 2005 4:11 am

I just booked a flight on Thai Airways International from Osaka to Bangkok and they list the aircraft as AB6. Is that an A300-600 or A340-600? They fly both.
 
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RE: What Is An AB6?

Thu Oct 06, 2005 4:18 am

A300-600 is the correct answer. The A340-600 would be mentioned A346.
 
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RE: What Is An AB6?

Thu Oct 06, 2005 4:37 am

Do you know why they list it that way? Are they trying to be vague so you don't know that you are flying on an A300-600 or is that Airbus lingo?
 
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RE: What Is An AB6?

Thu Oct 06, 2005 5:21 am

Quoting United787 (Reply 2):
Do you know why they list it that way? Are they trying to be vague so you don't know that you are flying on an A300-600 or is that Airbus lingo?

It's to distinguish it from the AB3, which denotes A300-B2 and A300-B4. The "B" in the name is a good hint as to the "AB", since the A300-600 is technically A300B4-600(R).
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RE: What Is An AB6?

Thu Oct 06, 2005 1:17 pm

AB6 is the IATA code for the A300-600.
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RE: What Is An AB6?

Fri Oct 07, 2005 7:18 am

Quoting Iakobos (Reply 1):
The A340-600 would be mentioned A346.

For the IATA code, it is shortened to 346.

A340-200 is 340
A340-300 is 343
A340-500 is 345

Quoting United787 (Reply 2):
Are they trying to be vague so you don't know that you are flying on an A300-600 or is that Airbus lingo?

It's not vague when after you learn them, and use them every day...as easy to learn as any other acronyms you use in the everyday life of an aviation professional; part of the territory...
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RE: What Is An AB6?

Fri Oct 07, 2005 7:36 am

Quoting United787 (Thread starter):
Thai Airways International from Osaka to Bangkok and they list the aircraft as AB6.

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RE: What Is An AB6?

Fri Oct 07, 2005 8:23 am

Quoting Stirling (Reply 5):
A340-200 is 340

I would think it was A342? Iberia uses the sign "A340" when they don't have a scheduled A340-300 or A340-600 on the route, it would depend on loads or what's availble.
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RE: What Is An AB6?

Fri Oct 07, 2005 11:17 am

As mentioned, the IATA code for the A340-200 is 340.

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RE: What Is An AB6?

Sat Oct 08, 2005 5:42 pm

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 7):
I would think it was A342? Iberia uses the sign "A340" when they don't have a scheduled A340-300 or A340-600 on the route, it would depend on loads or what's availble.

I agree, it must be 342.
Just like IB, LH doesn´t have (anymore) A342 but in timetables A340 is almost exclusively used, just like with IB, the aircraft are switched depending on demand.
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RE: What Is An AB6?

Sun Oct 09, 2005 2:44 am

lhttp://www.airlinecodes.co.uk/acrtypes.htm
 
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RE: What Is An AB6?

Sun Oct 09, 2005 5:56 am

Quoting A342 (Reply 9):
I agree, it must be 342.

Agree all you want, but it isn't.

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RE: What Is An AB6?

Tue Oct 11, 2005 1:59 am

340 is the generic code for the A340 family, just like 32S is the generic code for the A320 family.

Individual Airbus codes as follows (IATA/ICAO/Full Name/Wake Turb Cat)

310 A310 Airbus A310 all pax models H
312 A310 Airbus A310-200 pax H
313 A310 Airbus A310-300 pax H
318 A318 Airbus A318 M
319 A319 Airbus A319 M
31F A310 Airbus A310 Freighter M
31X A310 Airbus A310-200 Freighter M
31Y A310 Airbus A310-300 Freighter M
320 A320 Airbus A320-100/200 M
321 A321 Airbus A321-100/200 M
32S n/a Airbus A318/319/320/321 M
330 A330 Airbus A330 all models H
332 A332 Airbus A330-200 H
333 A333 Airbus A330-300 H
340 A340 Airbus A340 all models H
342 A342 Airbus A340-200 H
343 A343 Airbus A340-300 H
345 A345 Airbus A340-500 H
346 A346 Airbus A340-600 H
380 Airbus A380 pax H
38F Airbus A380 Freighter H
AB3 A30B Airbus Industrie A300 pax H
AB4 A30B Airbus Industrie A300B2/B4/C4 pax H
AB6 A306 Airbus Industrie A300-600 pax H
ABB A3ST Airbus Industrie A300-600ST Beluga Freighter H
ABF A30B Airbus Industrie A300 Freighter H
ABX A30B Airbus Industrie A300C4/F4 Freighter H
ABY A306 Airbus Industrie A600-600 Freighter H

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RE: What Is An AB6?

Tue Oct 11, 2005 5:39 am

Quoting United787 (Reply 2):
Are they trying to be vague so you don't know that you are flying on an A300-600 or is that Airbus lingo?

It's all about data quantity. Most of the booking/scheduling systems were not developed so recently, so why waste data space. 3 digits are enough.
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