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Old 03-30-2016, 09:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Airbus A340-500/600

Hi,
Was wondering what will happen to all of these Airbus A340-500/600 aircraft when now being replaced? Is there any other airline like Azerbaijan or an Iranien AIrline who can save the old birds? Or is there destined just to be stored out in the desert waiting to be scraped?

Airlines flying the A340-500/600 today:
Arik Air:2 A345 aircraft, no phase out date jet but have 2 new B748 on order
Azerbaijan:2 A345 aircraft (1 A346 for Goverment use)
Emirates:1 A345 aircraft
Etihad:4 A345 aircraft to be replaced by A350-900 and 7 A346 to be replaced by A350-1000
Iberia:17 A346 aircraft, no phase out date jet
Lufthansa:24 A346 aircraft, no phase out date jet but probably replaced by A350 or B777X
Qatar:4 A346 aircraft, no phase out date jet
Thai:3 A345 aircraft and 6 A346 aircraft stored
Virgin Atlantic:13 A346 aircraft, no phase out date jet

And what happend to Air Canada's 2 A345 and Cathay Pacifics A346 aircraft Hainan Airlines 3 A346 and Singapore Airlines 5 A345 and the 2 A345 for Kingfisher?

Also I have heard rumors of Iraqi Airways taking up a few A340-600s, Air Zimbabwe and Sudan Airways picking up some A340-500s and Roumers of other Iranien carriers taking some A340s before they take delivery of new types from Airbus and Boeing
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Airbus A340-500/600

The 3 CX frames became the Hainan frames when the lease wasn't resigned. They severely underperformed and had no real future in the fleet anyway. They were leased as a stop gap while they waited on the 77Ws for their JFK & YYZ routes.

As for the majority of current A346 and A345 frames, they will be retired or parted out to support the few fleets in which they have a future such as LH. EK is currently holding on to it's sole A345 due to insurance reasons for the destinations it flies to.
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