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Airbus A340-200 Still In Production?  
User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2433 posts, RR: 8
Posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5908 times:
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Hi there,

I was wondering whether some airlines did manage to buy the A340-200 recentlly as I haven't seen a new aircraft of this type delivered for a while...
Yet the A343 is still delivered from time to time but with its new range specification it flies longer than the original A342.

I remember Sabena tried to get rid of its A342 for new A343, and today Air Tahiti Nui does the same step.

Thanks for your help.


[Edited 2003-07-28 10:28:15]

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User currently offlineGoAround From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 616 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5869 times:

I'm not sure about the A342, but I believe technically speaking, they'll still build A310s if they receive an order?

A quick look around the internet shows that Airbus announced in 2001 a corporate version of the A342 with a nice luxurious cabin, and I think they are probably in production since they are part of the A340 line and complement the others because of its size. However, I believe the A330-200 has nearly exactly the same number of seats and is cheaper to operate, so therefore the carriers operate these, perhaps alongside the A343 and/or the A346.

Hope this helps.


User currently offline9V-SVA From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 1861 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5826 times:

The A342 is no longer in production, however I believe Airbus will produce it if a customer wants it, but production was stopped for the A340-313E, which had a longer range than the A342.


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User currently offlineVfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 4524 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5666 times:

My understanding is that they are "built on demand" - whatever the difference is to being in production. Airbus' efforts concentrate on re-marketing the used airframes as Biz/Gov-aircraft.

User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5454 times:

This is like a trick question:

The A342 (and A310 and A300 passenger models) as well as the B762 are technically not in production, but the manufacturer will build the type if an airline places an order. But as almost all airliners are built only if there is an order outstanding, its difficult to distinguish the difference between "built on demand" or in production.

The real answer is that as long as the A300/A310 line is open for the production of freighters, Airbus can deliver a A300 passenger model or A310 if an airline wants one. While one might say that is unlikely, Japan Air System did recently take delivery of a handful of A300-600 passenger airliners to top off their fleet. The same with Boeing, as long as the 767 is in production, Boeing can deliver a 762; Boeing did just that a couple of years ago when CO ordered 10 of the type for its "thin" long-haul routes, and the CO 762 have many of the updates that Boeing developed for the 767 line with the introduction of the 764, such as the new-style interior.

User currently offlineN79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5424 times:

Given the 340-200's relatively poor economics, it is safe to say that airlines will not be ordering anymore of them. A wealthy sheikh may buy one though. Actually a wealthy sheikh buying a private A340 would probably opt for 343/345/346.

User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2433 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5214 times:
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Many thanks for the answers guys !!!

The answers were as I thought. In fact I had the same question about the A300/A310.

But still, isn't the cabin of the A342 shorter than the A343 ?? So for a customer it would still makes sense to order the A342 since the A345 is much more expensive !!!



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User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5124 times:

The A342 has too poor economics. The better options would be the A332 or the A343, depending on the exact needs and network, where the aircraft will be used.


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User currently offlineAngelairways From United Kingdom, joined Nov 1999, 505 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5093 times:

Although there have been no aircraft deliveries recently because no demand, the production line exists because it is shared with 343 (just a fuselage stretch) and some sections even with 345 and 346 (fuselage not wings), and also because remember... they need to produce parts for the 342s in service..

so strictly speaking, the aircraft is officially in production even if no new entire machines have been rolled out recently.

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