Troupial | A340-600
Airline - Troupial
Aircraft - Airbus A340-600 | YV4180
Delivered to Dhahrani, 2003
Stored at King Khaleel International Airport, 2015
Sold to Troupial, 2017
Livery - Standard 2011
Country - Venezuela
Troupial is the de facto flag carrier of Venezuela, after the bankruptcies of Venezolana and SAFC in 2018. It operates a small fleet of 737 variants, ranging from the 737-200 to the -700, as well as two A340-600 purchased second-hand from Dhahrani. Initially these A340s were used to launch transatlantic routes to cities like London, Barcelona, and Frankfurt, as well as US destinations like Miami and Houston. However, due to the massive economic deterioration in Venezuela and escalating US sanctions all American service was terminated and all European routes except for a twice-weekly Madrid flight were terminated in early 2018. The A340s are now used mostly for South American flights, and December of 2018 a very suspicious route to Moscow was also created.
Troupial - named after the Venezuelan Troupial, a beloved local bird. The yellow, black, and white motifs of the bird, as well as its characteristic black 'mask' - are clearly visible on the livery. The airline's two A340s are still configured with the same hard product as Dhahrani had them in when they left the Middle Eastern carrier's fleet. This features twelve lie-flat First Class suites in a 1-2-1 setup, 56 angle-flat Business Class seats in a 2-2-2 layout, and 283 Economy Class seats. The only changes in the interior made by Troupial was to reupholster all seats in all classes.
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