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Can Someone Explain The A330/A340 E's And X's  
User currently offlineAviationAddict From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 590 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 9494 times:
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Hey all, I'd like to know more about the Airbus A330/A340 E and X models, can someone please explain the differences between the two as well as how they differ from the standard models. I've tried to do some research on my own but it's just made me even more confused. Thanks.

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User currently offlineCEO@AFG From Norway, joined Jan 2001, 244 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 9400 times:

From what I've gathered the "X" is Airbus version of "ER" basically an extended range version of the A340.

The "E" for Enhanced is an upgrade mostly pertaining to the cabin fittings, with more modern overhead storage bins and sidewall panelling.

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User currently offlineSeabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5105 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 9310 times:

X = higher gross weight, center fuel tank on A330-300
E = new systems, avionics, LCD cockpit displays, cabin fittings, and new engines on A340

The A330-300X is a significantly longer-range version of the A330-300, with a significantly higher MTOW (233t, identical to that of the A330-200), changes to the wings and vertical stabilizer, and the center fuel tank originally installed on the A330-200.

The A330-300E is similar to the A330-300X in terms of weight/payload but includes extensively revised systems and avionics that (as I understand; someone should clarify) are closely related to those on the A340NG. I know they include LCD cockpit displays. The plane also has the revised cabin fittings.

The A340-300X is a slightly higher-weight version of the A340-300 (more thrust, some structural changes). The difference is not nearly as great as the difference between, for instance, the 777-200 and 777-200ER.

The A340-300E, like the A330-300E, adds the new systems/avionics package and the revised cabin fittings to the A340-300X. It also included a new variant of the CFM56, the -5C4, with more thrust and better SFC than earlier -5Cs.

Airbus now only manufactures A330-300E and A340-300E variants; the -X and standard variants are out of production.

[Edited 2008-01-14 10:47:39]


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User currently offlineTom_EDDF From Germany, joined Apr 2000, 451 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 9201 times:



Quoting Seabosdca (Reply 2):
The A340-300X is a slightly higher-weight version of the A340-300 (more thrust, some structural changes). The difference is not nearly as great as the difference between, for instance, the 777-200 and 777-200ER.

The A340-300E, like the A330-300E, adds the new systems/avionics package and the revised cabin fittings to the A340-300X. It also included a new variant of the CFM56, the -5C4, with more thrust and better SFC than earlier -5Cs.

I believe the A340-313X entered service with Singapore Airlines, which used the A340-300E designation. There are several versions of the A340-300 around, most notably the

A340-311, which is a 257t MTOW version powered by CFM56-5C2 engines @ 31,500lbs
A340-312, with same weights as the -311, but CFM56-5C3 engines @ 34,000lbs
A340-313, again same weights, but CFM56-5C4 @ 34,000lbs
A340-313X, a 271t (optionally 275t) version, using the 5C4

Airbus then introduced what they officially call the A340-300Enhanced (also refered to as -300E) together with the equivalent versions of the A330. The Enhanced uses improved -5C4/P, which yields a 1% reduction in SFC, and come with the cockpit and certain systems similar to the A340-500/-600.

Therefore, E and X are different animals.

Similar versions of the A340-200 existed as well, with the A340-213X also refered to as the A340-8000, back then the longest range commercial airliner, of which only one was build.


User currently offlineSeabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5105 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 9161 times:



Quoting Tom_EDDF (Reply 3):
A340-313X, a 271t (optionally 275t) version, using the 5C4

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Yep, you're right. I was wrongly thinking the -313X had the -5C3 engines. It used the -5C4s, and the -313E (shouldn't that really be -314E, to be consistent with the usual Airbus numbering practice?) has the -5C4/Ps.

I also wrongly thought the -5C4/P had more thrust. It doesn't, just improved SFC and longer on-wing time.



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User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4675 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 9113 times:

The A340-300E's MTOW was increased to 276.5 tonnes.


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User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7524 posts, RR: 43
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 8851 times:

The specs of the A332 that is currently offered by Airbus are the same as those of the A332 at the time of launch, or has Airbus upgraded the A332 too?


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