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Could US Utilize The A340  
User currently offlineOphila From St. Kitts and Nevis, joined May 2006, 110 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2580 times:

These 2 340s are up for grabs, & I was wondering if US would or could use these for a possible Intl expansion or capacity boost to their current routes...


A340-300 Model Engine Serial No. YOM Hours Cycles MTOW Timing Status
A340-300 CFM56-5C4 528 2003 13015 2225 606,270

A340-300 CFM56-5C4 554 2003 14058 2943 606,270

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User currently offlineMah584jr From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 509 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2517 times:

I think it would be really neat to see an A340 in US colors. However, I highly doubt it would happen for a variety of reasons. US has a lot on its plate with the merger and I think adding those aircraft is not something necessary at this point. US needs to be focusing on its employees and its operations in PHL. To this point not much progress has been made in those areas. Also, no US company operates the A340, though US has a more Airbus-heavy fleet. I really dont see where US would need to fly with the A340, when the A330's range is sufficient at this time. Just some thoughts.

User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 2434 times:

Their Eurpoean operations seem to be staying on the east coast for now and the A330 and 767 have more than enough range for this and ETOPS is not as much of an issue.
US may need some new planes *if* they decide to start some European ops out of PHX/LAS but the A340 would not suit these places well. The summer heat would really kill it on takeoff and the plane would be weight restricted.

I agree that US has alot to do right now rather than aquiring a new fleet type, and a subfleet of 2 a/c at that. Lets wait for the merger to get more complete, the new employees contracts to get worked out, and then see where the airline stands. I think they are doing just fine for now with what aircraft they have and when the A350 comes online we will see some more international long haul expansion.
As of their last financial results they made $200+ million profit if I remember right, so for now I say stick to the business plan and stay in the black.


User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2343 times:

US did actually place options on the A340 when they made the A330 order (or could convert 330s to 340s if they wanted, something like that), for planned expansion to Asia. However when the Asian economies went into crisis in 1998 they cancelled the plans and kept with just the A330s

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