Airbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 10 Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5356 times:
Singapore Airlines while they still had their A340-313Xs named theirs the A340-300E with the E standing for Enhanced. But these -313X are just higher MTOW versions delivered and upgradable to operators of -311 etc.
But now the A340-300 Enhanced features new interior, minor upgrades here and there and a 'new' powerplant.
Someone may be able to explain better than myself and correct me if I am wrong.
Gigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16316 posts, RR: 87 Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5218 times:
The 340-200 and -300 all variants are only powered by CFM International CFM56-5C engines.
The A340-313X, which was previously referred to by SQ as the 343E, are higher-gross-weight frames with a a centerline fuel tank, strengthened wing, and the tail enhancements from the A330-200.
The A340-314, A340-314X, or whatever, the new A340-300 Enhanced, are powered by the new CFM56-5C/P. They include a completely new and updated avionics suite with LCD displays, a new FBW system with additional FBW controls for the rudder and some other basic improvements from the A340-500/600 family.
Dynkrisolo From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1845 posts, RR: 8 Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4844 times:
The LX A340s are the "enhanced" minus the -5C/P.
That's incorrect. All of LX's 343s before SAA's first 343 delivery have the -5C/P engines, but without the cockpit, interior, and other upgrades associated with the Enhanced model. LX will receive some 343 Enhanced.
Also, are you guys inventing the designation for the 343Enhanced? The -311, -312, -313 are three 340 models with three different engine thrusts. The -5C/P will have the same thrust as the -5C. So, I am not sure if the 343Enhanced will be designated as -314. In the CFM press release, it said all -5C engines could be upgraded to -5C/P. Then I suspect there is no such thing as -314. If that's not the case, then all of LX's 343s will be -314, but some of them will not be the Enhanced model. Confusing, isn't it?
Gigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16316 posts, RR: 87 Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4819 times:
LX's 343s before SAA's first 343 delivery have the -5C/P engines, but without the cockpit, interior, and other upgrades associated with the Enhanced model. LX will receive some 343 Enhanced.
Interesting. I was under the impression it was the other way around, but I'm sure you're quite right.
Thrust rating isn't necessarily the deciding factor for the variant number, its engine model. I would assume if you upgraded a -5C4 to a -5C/P, the last digit would change.
I'm fairly sure it changes even on the 320 series models depending on the number of annular combustors installed, ie a -5B4, -5B4/P, and -5B4/2P. It definitely changes between two different engines of the same thrust for the 319 and 320, like -5A vs. -5B and whatnot.
Lastly, I heard -314, but not from someone at Airbus or CFM, so what I heard could be quite wrong.
Danialanwar From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 421 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 4434 times:
I vaguely recall that it was once said that the first few A343s for LX will not be enhanced(?)/advanced(?) but that they will be upgraded such that they will form a uniform fleet after some time. That was a long time ago though and all may have changed.
Anyway, with Airbus, the last two digits in the plane name (as in A340-313X) refer to the engine, and not the inital customer as Boeing does.
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Joule From Malaysia, joined Dec 2003, 159 posts, RR: 3 Reply 21, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4197 times:
I´m curius why airbus was flying with a 340-3?? with Xtra large winglets at Toulouse last fall??
They were flight-testing new winglets for future aircraft programs, including update on the A320 family. It's similar to the winglets tested earlier on the A340 which was part of the AWIATOR (aircraft wing with advanced technology operation) research program.