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340 And "N" Carrier Do Not Match?  
User currently offlineHush-Kit From Germany, joined Sep 2000, 124 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3166 times:

folks, I know this subject comes up truely not the first time, but still: will there be a chance to see some 340 with an "N"-registration (not in the near but) future besides (!!!) as cargo-fliers for FX,DHL as I heard that US still did not throw away the idea of planning with at least some 340 for serving Asia (China). There are some aspects that would make sense to do so as the overwhemling compatability of the 340 with the 330. Thanks, Chris

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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30877 posts, RR: 86
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3045 times:
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I was under the impression US was already sourcing A340-500s for their China flights.

I remain skeptical of the A340-300 P2F conversion find much acceptance amongst US package carriers like FX and 5X because they need volume and not weight so the A330-300 would work just as well and be more efficient to operate.


User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7062 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2878 times:



Quoting Stitch (Reply 1):

I remain skeptical of the A340-300 P2F conversion find much acceptance amongst US package carriers like FX and 5X because they need volume and not weight so the A330-300 would work just as well and be more efficient to operate

If they need range the A340-300 P2F might become interesting as an Dc 10/MD 11 and 747 replacement.
Especially on routes to China the A340freighter might become interesting. I also can see World, American Transair and other airlines doing charter flights changing their MD 11/Dc 10s into A340s when the first A340 become available and cheaper.



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User currently offlineSeabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5385 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2810 times:



Quoting Stitch (Reply 1):
I was under the impression US was already sourcing A340-500s for their China flights.

There's been some debate here, but IIRC their filing said they would use A340-300s. Payload would be lower, but the A343 would be cheaper to operate for an airline that has a bunch of A330 but will never acquire any A346...


User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30877 posts, RR: 86
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2763 times:
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Quoting Columba (Reply 2):
If they need range the A340-300 P2F might become interesting as an Dc 10/MD 11 and 747 replacement.

I'm not sure how range-challenged an A330-300 would be in a package configuration since I expect it's maximum payload will not reach MZFW so they should be able to fill the tanks a good amount - possibly even to capacity - before they reach MTOW.

But if not, then yes, an A340-300PF could be an option.


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