TEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1008 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?
Cba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 974 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.
Rw From Netherlands, joined Dec 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 958 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.