Travel Business Review-October 30, 2018-Philippine Airlines set to retire A340s
Emirates has also phased out A6-ERN, the last serving Airbus A340
in the fleet which had joined the airline in 2004, originally manufactured in 1999.
The induction of the 4-engined Airbus A340
aircraft is a major step for aviation in Pakistan and represents the first time that a private sector airline has inducted modern wide-body aircraft into its fleet.
Etihad Airways chief operations officer, Captain Richard Hill, said: "We are delighted to receive this award for the second time for top operational excellence of our Airbus A340
The latest stretched model of the A340
was not yet in service and Airbus only had a drab-looking test plane available for the contest.
Etihad Airways Executive Vice President - Technical, Werner Rothenbaecher said: "We are very proud and honoured to receive this award for Top Operational Excellence of our Airbus A340
Frankfurt 11.15pm - Bahrain 6am (Saturday)
Under the new agreement both the orders and the options can be confirmed for either A340
or A330 models based on the airline's need.
It said it might also use another four options for either A340
or A330 planes, which would make a total of 14, to be delivered under terms of its new contract and a deal dating from 2005.
PASSENGER: A girl is carried from the plane; TERRIFYING: The Air France Airbus A340
burns after skidding off the runway at Toronto airport
'The relationship between Thai Airways International and Airbus stretches back to the first A300 order in 1977 and I am naturally delighted to see the airline once again select our latest generation widebody A380 and A340
aircraft for its long haul fleet expansion,' said Noel Forgeard, Airbus president and chief executive officer.