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A340-200 Vs. A340-300  
User currently offlineBen88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 3
Posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4313 times:

Why are so many airlines trading in their A340-200's for -300's? Air France is the airline that immediately comes to mind. AOM and Air Tahiti Nui both have ex Air France A340-200's which are ONLY about seven years old. Why did they even purchase the aircraft if they were only planning on keeping them for six years? Is the -300 more technologically advanced, or is it just a matter of capacity?

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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5569 posts, RR: 36
Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4281 times:

As I know it is only a matter of capacity and range:
-200: length 59.30 m; 3 class seating 228 pax; range max:14800 km
-300: length 63.60 m; 3 class seating 260 pax; range max: 13500 km
Hope it helps.


User currently offlineBen88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4247 times:

Thanks ZRH, but that doesn't really answer my question as to why an airline would get rid of a six year old plane. Did they want more capacity with less range, because that is what the -300 offers them, as opposed to the -200. Thanks

User currently offlineSndp From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 553 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4242 times:

Sabena is also selling their -200's and has ordered more -300's. I do not know really why, but they said it was because they wanted to harmonise the A340-fleet. Although their is not so much difference between the two aircraft, just the length, it seems better to operate just one type or so? I do not really know the answer on your question. Maybe they just want more capacity.
sndp


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