Aviation Photo #2136286 Airbus A340-642 - Virgin Atlantic Airways

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    Virgin Atlantic Airways
    Airbus A340-642
    Airbus A340-600
    Airbus A340-600
    Hong Kong - International (Chek Lap Kok)
    Hong Kong
    June 29, 2012
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5 years ago
Amazing airplane. The blue lights of the terminal look very nice.
5 years ago
The TRUE Queen of the Skies!
5 years ago
Any idea why the slats are out?
5 years ago
To the commentor wondering about the slats -- when jetliners have their engines shut and are parked, the rudder deflects completelly one way, one aileron will be down, the other up, and the slats come out on heavies
5 years ago
Good Detail & Contrast.

UK Visitor, The slats (and flaps) are usually deployed to the No. 1 detent at the gate on A330/340 models. This is to help cool off the hydraulic system they utilize.
5 years ago
Slats might be out to save some wear on the system, by this you reduce 1 cycle.(as they need to be out for take off anyway)
Standard procedure in my company, and some more that I know of...

Nice pic of a beautifull plane!
5 years ago
On the A320, you leave the slats out after landing if the temperature is +30c.. it's probably the same on the 330/340..
4 years ago
Beautiful photo of one of the most beautiful and aesthetically pleasing aircraft around today. This is the only photo I've ever seen where I've liked virgin's hideous new billboard title liveries, I think it's because the awful purple isn't visible in this light. Dark red engines look good though.

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