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User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 3 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1427 times:

A thought came to mind if Airbus were to come out with a new 400 model of the A340, with a 300 model fuselage and the wings from the new 500 & 600 models equipped with engine options for either the P&W 4000, GE CF6, and Rolls Royce RB211 series engines. With larger stronger wings with more fuel capacity could this be possibly an extended long-range version of the A340 to compete with the 777-200LR?

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User currently offlineAvion From Bouvet Island, joined May 1999, 2205 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1398 times:

There already is a 777LR competitor. The 340-500.


User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (15 years 3 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1393 times:

The A340-500 is exactly what you just described. I think they saved the A340-400 name in case Boeing does come out with a 777-100, then Airbus will come out with a newer A340-200, and name it the -400.

User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 3 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1391 times:

If this newer A340-200 were to come out would they install the stronger wings from the new 500 & 600 models to mount the larger powerplants described before rather than the small CFM56s?

User currently offlineRw From Netherlands, joined Dec 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 3 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1377 times:

There will probably never be an A340-400. Before launching the -500/600 Airbus studied a longer Version (about 10 frames or 5 meters) of the -300, called the -400. But with the same wings it would only have had a range of about 10,000-11,000 km. So airlines weren´t much interested. The -500/600 semmed to be a better solution.

User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4652 posts, RR: 37
Reply 5, posted (15 years 3 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1359 times:

Yes, Rw is right.

They were also proposing a stretched A330, the A330-400 to compete with the 777, back in the early 90s. However, their major hope, Cathay Pacific, went to the 777, and Airbus abandoned the idea...

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