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Your First Impression Of The A340 When Launched  
User currently offline767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 10
Posted (10 years 6 months 4 days ago) and read 3174 times:

In 1993, when I was living in Spain, my mom knew I had developed an interest for aviation and she had bought me Antonio Lopez Ortega's book "Reactores Comerciales" (Commercial jetliners). I read all the descriptions of the aircraft listed and often memorized the exact wording in the book. I remember reading about the newly designed and launched Airbus A340 (which was then labeled the "World Ranger" at the Paris Le Bourguet Airshow, as it had operated a flight from Le Bourguet-Auckland, New Zealand, nonstop). I remember thinking as a little boy, "wow, what an amazing feat of ingenuity and design and also what a beautiful aircraft it was." I also couldn't wait to fly on one, since Iberia had placed an order for 8 A340's to retire the hard working fleet of 8 DC-10's.

For all those that could remember reading something about the launch, planning or anything relating to the aircraft between its planning stages and launch, what were your impressions, expectations, and/or thoughts on the A340?
Regards


Twinjets...if one fails, work the other one twice as hard!!!
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User currently offlineRoberta From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3165 times:

"What a gorgeous plane"

is what i said when i first saw it.


User currently offlineArcano From Chile, joined Mar 2004, 2411 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3144 times:

"how disproportionate and old style ugly thing" Actually the first time I ever saw it was in 1993 in SCL (under the colors of AF). I hadn't heard of an A340 at the time yet. I thought: "what is this?, it can't be a 707; it has winglets"

The first 4 engine a/c since the 747... I don't know, I had in my mind the idea that for a four we wanted a more impressive thing.

I still think there is something with the wrong proportion there: I don't know if the windows are too high (as in the 707), the wings are too narrow or too long, not sure, there's something that I can't totally like yet.

Although now I think despite the above it looks pretty nice!



in order: 721,146,732,763,722,343,733,320,772,319,752,321,88,83,744,332,100,738, 333, 318, 77W, 78, 773 and 380
User currently offlineNZblue From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 638 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3128 times:

"Oh, great, another DC-8"

Relax, people, I was an ignorant 11-year old at the time  Insane

Cheers!

-NZblue



It's an entirely different kind of flying; all together.
User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3120 times:

Well, I cannot come up with a quote anymore - I know I liked it, though... I bought the A340-Multimedia-CD that was offered by "Flug Revue" back then - unfortunately, the computer I had back then was barely able to handle running that CD...

Nevertheless - one of my first thoughts about it was "I want to fly on that as soon as possible"... took me until 30/07/1997 (OS from VIE to JNB on OE-LAK, named "Africa"), but I have flown it 10 times since my first A340 flight back then, and it's still my favorite longhauler.

Regards,
Frank



Smile - it confuses people!
User currently offlineBa97 From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3112 times:

Wow finally a plane that looks classy and well balanced like planes of old.



there is economy class, business class, first class...then Concorde..pure class
User currently offline767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3108 times:


Leskova,
Have you had a chance to fly on either the -500 or -600? Just curious as to what your opinion of either new models are in comparison with the -200/0300.
Regards



Twinjets...if one fails, work the other one twice as hard!!!
User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3106 times:

767-322ER, no, unfortunately they've evaded me so far...

I'm trying to get to South Africa as soon as my bank account can aford it, and I'd be flying SAA's A346 on that route - but a few people I know that have flown on both preferred the A346 to the A343, saying that it was even quieter (which I find a bit difficult to believe, but then again, I haven't been on one yet).

So, sorry - I'm not able to make the comparison yet...

Regards,
Frank



Smile - it confuses people!
User currently offline767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days ago) and read 3100 times:


I'm hoping to have the chance to go to Spain (my popular route every year) and maybe I can hop on IB A346's. South African flies to SA - Georgia">ATL with the A346, but am in the same predicament as you my friend and I think by the time that my wallet gets a little more weight, it'll be too late since SA is going to pull out of SA - Georgia">ATL.  Sad
Regards



Twinjets...if one fails, work the other one twice as hard!!!
User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3050 times:

I liked the looks of it since the first time I saw some sketches back in 1986 or 1987.
It was an advanced project by then (the same thing the 7E7 is now) and it´s temporary designation was "TA-11".

It was interesting to think about a European long haul airliner.

I have flown on it about 10 times since it was introduced and I like it a lot, but I still prefer the mighty B747...it's like a flying boat.



¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
User currently offlineChristian From Sweden, joined Oct 1999, 348 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3038 times:

I saw it for the first time in the fall of 1998 in my German textbook. "That ain't no 747" was the first thing I said to myself. Took a while before a knew what it was.


If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 20 hours ago) and read 3021 times:

"what pathetically small engines"

User currently offlineFRASYD From Germany, joined Mar 2004, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 19 hours ago) and read 3018 times:

"Wow, that's got to be a very powerful aircraft!" (Unfortunately I was wrong...)

I still love the 340's, especially the -500... the proportions are just perfect on this bird!


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