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The A340 Part 16 - Long Return & Short Hop

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Following on from my previous post (here), I'm about to return to Madrid on the IBE6856, the A346 does do this route but not this flight (it did when I actually did the flight but that was ages ago) these days they use an A350 and the A340 does the later one.

We leave at 1:25 in the afternoon and arrive 6:20am the next day.

Parked up with the usual suspects here in EZE
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As we push back, out of the window you can see the international carriers, same usual suspects though.
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Some orangy blue KLM hybrid monstrosity landing as we taxi out.
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Some wing shots after take off
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Climbing away from the weather with the suburbs of Buenos Aires below
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Passing Rio
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After a decent amount of black nothing we arrive on the Iberian peninsula and make our way towards Madrid.
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Wing shot on the approach
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On final approach, the Wilco adopting it's trademark kamakazi attitude on the approach.
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From here I just had 2 A346 operators to do (excluding Mahan Air as I couldn't find a repaint), Virgin and South African. It just so happens that Iberia run it's A346's to Heathrow, the home of the Virgin A346's, serendipitous indeed, so here I am as the IBE3166, leaving Barajas in the mid afternoon arriving in LHR a little later that afternoon. With the formation of IAG Iberia and BA rationalised many routes and the LHR-MAD was certainly one of them. Iberia also have the delights of LHR T5 as well.

Parked up in a busier daytime Madrid T4S.
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Taxiing out to 36L.
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Pax view just after take off
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Busier European skies, that's a TAP A321 in the background.
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Channel Islands
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Isle of Wight
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An obligatory hold over Ockham (well, it is Heathrow)
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Wing view on the approach, I managed not to OOM here but, my word, it was a slideshow.
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Hmmm, who owns this terminal I wonder...
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Parked next to another IAG interloper.
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So the plan from here is to take a Virgin A346 to JFK and from there, SAA run their A346's direct to Jo'burg.

 

 

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A346 is such a long (but nice and sleek looking) plane...I've taken the LH A346 a couple of times, before LH started using 747-8's from/via Frankfurt...

And, I was aware of this new Iberia livery, but had not seen it here too often....more used to the older/classic livery....

Nice route and shots...Thanks for posting...

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20 hours ago, iwebber said:

Some orangy blue KLM hybrid monstrosity landing as we taxi out.

Not a triple 7 fan then? :biggrin: Wonderful set of screenshots, sir! :cool:

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