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Iberia MAD - LHR A340-300 Or 600?

Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:11 pm

So, i'm booked on a flight (IB3164) on the 28th of July from Madrid to London Heathrow. To my understanding a wide body is used on this route to help transport cargo between IAG's largest hubs. Anyway, i don't know how to find out if i will be traveling on the A340-300 or A340-600, id like to try the 300 as they'll be leaving Iberia's fleet pretty soon, looking at previous it seems to be a mix of 300's and 600's but doesn't seem to follow any sort of order. Is there any way i can find out?
 
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RE: Iberia MAD - LHR A340-300 Or 600?

Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:15 pm

The answer is they fly both, and also the A333 gets thrown in as well (I've flown all 3 on this route).

I guess you booked on BA.com, Iberia's website will tell you the exact A/C type (but beware of subs, my last 2 scheduled A346s were swapped to A343 and A333 respectively)

*edit* I looked out of curiousity, it's an A343  Smile

[Edited 2015-07-10 13:17:11]
 
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RE: Iberia MAD - LHR A340-300 Or 600?

Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:21 pm

It's strange, Iberia's web site says it an A340-200. I thought they only had 343 and 346.

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RE: Iberia MAD - LHR A340-300 Or 600?

Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:26 pm

Quoting ro1960 (Reply 2):
It's strange, Iberia's web site says it an A340-200. I thought they only had 343 and 346.

They do only have the -300/600, however IB use 432 and IIRC 345 as internal codes... which inevitably leads to confusion.


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RE: Iberia MAD - LHR A340-300 Or 600?

Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:11 pm

I remember, I have heard (or dreamed) that one of the Iberian A340-642 has Trent XWB engines installed, instead of the original Trent 500s. I could not believe it ... and then I found the photo of the same plane (EC-JOH / MSN 731) taken from the same place....

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A340-642 - Trent 500 engines
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A340-642 - Trent XWB engines
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RE: Iberia MAD - LHR A340-300 Or 600?

Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:33 pm

I just came out of that flight today, and believe me, pray that you get the -600, mine was on a -300 and it was a clapped out piece of stinky old junk.

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RE: Iberia MAD - LHR A340-300 Or 600?

Sat Jul 11, 2015 6:18 am

It's strange, Iberia's web site says it an

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 3):
IB use 432 and IIRC 345

Sorry I am not familiar with this. Can you explain? Why does their schedule states A340-200?
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RE: Iberia MAD - LHR A340-300 Or 600?

Sat Jul 11, 2015 7:42 am

Mario that's clearly photoshopped
 
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RE: Iberia MAD - LHR A340-300 Or 600?

Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:01 am

Quoting ro1960 (Reply 6):

Seat configurations, IB has 2 configurations for the A343, one with a bigger business class cabin, and one with a smaller business cabin and more seats in Y. This one is the A342.

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RE: Iberia MAD - LHR A340-300 Or 600?

Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:15 am

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 7):
Mario that's clearly photoshopped

You really think so, skipness1E?!
I was hoping that was not so ... clearly  . It took me some time to make that ´A346 Special Edition´ with the larger engines. It, actually, exists only on my hard drive.

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P.S. I have also some other airlines´ images of the ´modified´ A346, but .... when someone opens a thread ´A340neo - what if it had happened´  
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RE: Iberia MAD - LHR A340-300 Or 600?

Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:36 am

Quoting mfranjic (Reply 9):

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RE: Iberia MAD - LHR A340-300 Or 600?

Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:08 am

I was on this flight a few weeks back and when I booked it was scheduled to be a A333, which I was pleased about, and in the event it was an old clapped out a 340-300, which I wasn't so pleased about. so depending what your preference is you may be lucky or not - but the chances are you wont be sure until you check in.
 
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RE: Iberia MAD - LHR A340-300 Or 600?

Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:39 am

Yeah, equipment changes are frequent on that flight. You can't be sure until check-in.

During the last year I've been living in London and I love taking that flight to/from Madrid. I have flown 2 times on the A343 (once in J, once in Y) and 3 times on the A346 (once in J, two in Y). The A343s I flew on looked a little tired, but nothing horrible, the seat and IFE in J were working perfectly and the seat in Y was a little hard but the power outlet worked, which was nice.

But nothing like flying the A346 with new interiors, the IFE is on and very nice, you can use it like on long haul, which makes the flight to be pretty short.

The main problems I see on those flights are that if loads are high, boarding/deplaning takes time and crews struggle to serve all passengers in Y, cause the number of members is the minimum.

All in all, I always recommend taking that flight, it's a nice experience and usually it's cheaper or there are more Avios tickets available than on other flights of the day.

Quoting gkirk (Reply 10):

Actually, it has to be a 744, there were no 742s left in the fleet by the time JOH was active.

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RE: Iberia MAD - LHR A340-300 Or 600?

Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:41 am

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 3):
IB use 432 and IIRC 345 as internal codes...

Iberia's 342 code = 340-300 with new cabin (lie-flat business)
Iberia's 343 code = 340-300 with old cabin
Iberia's 345 code = 340-600 with new cabin (lie-flat business)
Iberia's 346 code = 340-600 with old cabin

Or am I wrong?
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RE: Iberia MAD - LHR A340-300 Or 600?

Sat Jul 11, 2015 10:30 am

Quoting 330lover (Reply 13):

The 342 code planes only got new economy seats with power outlets (no PTVs). The Y cabin was extended to 265 seats and J cabin reduced to 24 seats. J seats are the old ones.

Currently there are no 343 code planes flying.

The info you put about A340-600s is correct.
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RE: Iberia MAD - LHR A340-300 Or 600?

Sat Jul 11, 2015 10:53 am

Quoting mfc (Reply 14):

thanks for the clarification.
So all 340-300 still have the old business class?
I was convinced that there were some refitted as well.
Guess I was wrong then.

So, when flying business, try to be on a 345.
Although, they swap the 345/346 around constantly, so one can never be sure which version you get?
Or am I wrong again there?
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RE: Iberia MAD - LHR A340-300 Or 600?

Sat Jul 11, 2015 11:40 am

Quoting 330lover (Reply 15):
Quoting 330lover (Reply 15):

thanks for the clarification.
So all 340-300 still have the old business class?
I was convinced that there were some refitted as well.
Guess I was wrong then.

They removed a row of seats to increase the pitch and allow the seats to go full lie flat, although they are the old seats in a 2-2-2 layout.

They are pretty uncomfortable actually when fully reclined, not sure why that is.
 
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RE: Iberia MAD - LHR A340-300 Or 600?

Sat Jul 11, 2015 11:48 am

Quoting 330lover (Reply 15):

Yes, they have the old business class. Given that the A343s are going to be replaced by new A330-200s during next year they didn't want to invest much money on them.

I find the old J seats pretty comfortable and since the pitch is more 70" it feels really spacious when seating on them.

Nowadays there are only two A346s with the old interiors, so the chances of getting one unexpectedly are low. If you have a 345 for your flight I think that it's unlikely to get a 346 instead.
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RE: Iberia MAD - LHR A340-300 Or 600?

Sat Jul 11, 2015 1:46 pm

Quoting mfc (Reply 17):
Nowadays there are only two A346s with the old interiors, so the chances of getting one unexpectedly are low. If you have a 345 for your flight I think that it's unlikely to get a 346 instead.

OK, clear now.
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