FlyTweed From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 84 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3297 times:
Forgive me if this may have been discussed before, but to my knowledge, there are no U.S. airlines that operate the A340. Any thoughts as to why/why not for long haul (transatlantic, etc.) or other use?
UA772IAD From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3297 times:
1) The 777 is more diverse and efficient. It generally offers a greater range with a higher MTOW, and customers have a greater "choice" of options (in terms of power plant/range). In this class (250-300 seats), the 2 engine 777 is more efficient than the 4 engine A340. Remember, Airbus went on a smear campaign at the launch of these two aircraft in the early 90s, claiming that four engines were better than two. It was a bit of a PR nightmare (IIRC).
2) The 767 and A330 are the most popular aircraft flying Trans-Atlantic flights. With the exception of West Coast-Europe flights (UA and AA only operate these). Most TATLs can be adequetly served with the 767/A330 range.
3) With the exception of US, the American majors (CO, DL, UA, AA) are loyal Boeing customers, and naturally went for the 777. UA was the launch customer, and was one of the big developers/contributers to the 777 project. NW, only recently retired the DC-10, replacing it with the A330. They don't have anything in between the 330 and 744.
4) I dont' see any A340 orders in the future (in the US). The 777 really killed any potential for the program to take-off in America, and continues to sell.