MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4328 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1598 times:
Why would they bother? The A346 isn't even certified as full freighter yet. It will cost a lot to certify it, the extra length isn't needed for outside parts cargo, it's usually the bulk/height. They can better use some 2nd hand A-300s if they need a few more Beluga's, or use the A-330 as platform for a few new Beluga's.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
Alessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1579 times:
So if they decide to fly parts of A380 (especially if the -900 becomes reality) instead of the ship/truck solution, then I see use for the A346.
Certification cost is of course part of the problem, as the design cost.
Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31001 posts, RR: 86
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1194 times:
Quoting Alessandro (Reply 5): Stitch do you remember which size,-600 is a bit larger than the -300...
Almost positive it was based on the A340-300. Not sure an A340-600 is structurally sound for such a conversion, to be honest, due to the length of the frame, which already requires additional bracing in her passenger role. Even the A340-300 would be longer then the A300ST so it should be plenty.