Hainan Airlines retires A340-600s

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Hainan Airlines formally retired the Airbus A340-600 from its fleet on 14 April.

The widebody operated flight HU7812 from Guangzhou to Beijing as its last service with the carrier. The aircraft bears the registration B-6509.

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Hainan says the three A340s in its fleet have been sent for maintenance and will be returned to lessor ILFC by the end of April or the beginning of May.

The carrier took delivery of its first A340 in 2008, and used the aircraft to launch services to international destinations such as Seattle, Toronto and Chicago. The three aircraft have accumulated over 47,000 flight hours with the airline.

Routes operated with the A340s will be replaced with more fuel efficient types such as the A330 and Boeing 787, says Hainan.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Online Fleets shows that there are 12 A340s in China, five of which are in storage. The remaining seven are in service with China Eastern Airlines and Air China.