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A340-600 Is Here!  
User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2337 times:

This is great news, cant wait to see it in full colours.

From Airbus
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COUNTDOWN TO A340-600 ROLL-OUT

In just 48 hours Airbus will celebrate the start of a new era in long distance travel, with the presentation to the world of the longest and largest airliner built by the European manufacturer to date: the high capacity, long range A340-600.

Featuring a spacious all-new interior and the quietest cabin in the sky, the A340-600 can carry 380 passengers in unmatched comfort over distances of up to 13,900km/7,500nm. In addition, this aircraft provides immense cargo capability for even greater revenue generating potential.

The first new aircraft to be "revealed" in the third millenium, the A340-600 was launched in December 1997 alongside its sister aircraft, the ultra-long range A340-500. Designed in close collaboration with airlines, these two airliners will further extend the attraction of the market-leading A330/A340 Family, providing lower operating costs and better revenue potential than
their competitors, while enjoying total freedom of flight without ETOPS constraints. The A340-600 is powered by Trent 500 engines from Rolls-Royce.

The roll-out ceremony to be held in Toulouse on 23rd March will be attended by customers, suppliers and media from all over the world, eager to discover the latest in a series of outstanding products from Airbus. Indeed, the A340-600 is emblematic of the comprehensive Airbus family of aircraft, each of which are the newest and most advanced in their respective markets. Now functioning as a fully integrated company, Airbus continues to raise the standards, and to respond to customer needs in the 21st century.

Longer, larger, farther, faster, higher, quieter and smoother, the A340-500/-600 take advantage of the latest proven technologies to deliver the ultimate in long-range air travel.

With 127 firm orders and commitments from 11 customers, the A340-500/-600 are clear leaders in their category, with 59 per cent of the market at the end of 2000. The A340-600 will make its first flight in late April 2001 and will enter airline service in mid-2002.

To date Airbus has won a total of more than 4,200 firm orders from 175 customers worldwide for its comprehensive aircraft family, of which over 2,500 have already been delivered. Orders for the market-leading A330/A340 Family stand at almost 690 from
58 customers.


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User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2000 times:

Can't wait to see the first pictures!!!!!!!!!

Regards
Gerardo



dominguez(dash)online(dot)ch ... Pushing the limits of my equipment
User currently offlineNotarzt From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 642 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1947 times:

Now, the A340-500 and -600 are real aircraft! They should skip the A340-200 and -300 series and concentrate on A330 derivatives for their market.

Daniel


User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1892 times:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/333128/

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Daniel Smile


User currently offlineNotarzt From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 642 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1859 times:

We definitely need the complete aircraft (incl. paint). I am curious to see them.

Daniel


User currently offlineGOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1838 times:

Great. Who will be the first to get these aircrafts?

GOT



Just like birdwatching - without having to be so damned quiet!
User currently offlineDatamanA340 From South Korea, joined Dec 2000, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

Isn't Virgin to get the first 346? It's quite amazing!!

User currently offlineWestern737 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1807 times:

Well, even though I am hardcore Boeing fan, I finally have to admit that this is nice looking plane aircraft. That big size engines does make this aircraft look much better compare to rest of ugly A340-2/3.



User currently offlineRabenschlag From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 1007 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1794 times:

i like the sleak look of a a343 much better than this fat ugly fella. in my eyes, the so called hair dryers of a 343 fit much better. its the same if you compare a dc8-60 with a re-engined one. in this case, the fat cfm engines just look too big for the dc8. in the same way, the rr-trent look far too huge for the a340. its a bit like a woman whose silicone-implants were mistakenly chosen two numbers larger than intended.

but anyway, better too big boobs than a cancerous hubble on the back  Wink/being sarcastic

rabenschlag


User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1725 times:

NICE! I can't wait to see the pics.


Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.
User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 31
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1705 times:

YEP! The first A346 will go to Virgin next year.

Gerardo



dominguez(dash)online(dot)ch ... Pushing the limits of my equipment
User currently offlineCRandyHill From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1679 times:

Why is Airbus building the A380 when it is just releasing the A340-600? I know the A380 is a bit bigger, but aren't they in danger of the A380 taking some A340 sales?

User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1676 times:

The A380 is a LOT bigger - bigger than anything currently flying out there (including the 747 but excluding all those freighters...)

The A340-600 is basically Airbus' competitor for the 777-300 and the 747-classics. It is not competing with the A380 at all.

Regards

Ikarus


User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1648 times:

It least with these new large A340-500/600s will be powered by Rolls Royce Trent engines and not small CFM56 powered hairdryers to give it the takeoff power it needs and cruising speed to keep up with the other wide-body types like the 747 & 777.

User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1636 times:

Who ordered the 345/346? I am curious.


Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.
User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1616 times:

Cathay, Singapore, Virgin, Swissair, and some others.

By the way, are Cathay's recently ordered 346s already being built?



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User currently offlineNavion From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1010 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1615 times:

While most of the Press Release is pretty accurate from what I've read, I cannot understand how Airbus can say the A346 will have the quietest cabin in the sky, when it's own A340 has smaller engines located the same distance from the fuselage. How can the significantly bigger RR's be quieter? I find it curious. It may be true, but that would be news to me.

User currently offlineP&M From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1599 times:

Looks already great on the pictures, it will look even better in all the liveries by the Airlines which will get them.
To TEDSKI, the current A340's have enough power and perform their duty great all the time. At least as good as the B777 and B747.





User currently offlineAN727 From Australia, joined Apr 2000, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1589 times:

I know Air Canada has ordered both the 340-500 and 600
I hope they use it on YVR-SYD non-stop


User currently offlineNotarzt From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 642 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1581 times:

TEDSKI,

"hairdryer"... just cool! I am still biting my knee at hte other end of the line!!!  Big thumbs up

Daniel


User currently offlineF.pier From Italy, joined Aug 2000, 1523 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1574 times:

I hope to see it in person as soon!!!!

User currently offlineP&M From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1568 times:

Notarzt, relax, this joke is quite old....  Smile

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1550 times:

These are the A345/6's that I know off.

360 A340-642 Airbus
371 A340-642 Airbus
376 A340-642 Airbus
391 A340-642 Virgin Atlantic
394 A340-541 Airbus
410 A340-642 Swissair HB-JMA
416 A340-642 Virgin Atlantic
417 A340-642 Swissair HB-JMB
426 A340-642 Swissair HB-JMC
431 A340-642 Swissair HB-JMD
436 A340-642 Cathay Pacific
440 A340-642 Swissair HB-JME
445 A340-541 Air Canada
449 A340-642 Virgin Atlantic
453 A340-642 Virgin Atlantic

Cant wait to see them !!


User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1530 times:

The current CFM56-5C4 powered A340-200/300s are slower than the other wide-body types such as the 747, 777, DC-10/MD-11 & L-1011. It is two hours slower reaching it's destination than the other types. The new RR Trent 500 powered A340-500/600 will finally be able to keep up with the other types on trans-Atlantic flights.

User currently offlineA330-243 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 251 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1523 times:

Also:

383 A340-642 Virgin Atlantic G-

got this from http://www.bird.ch/bharms/asr_sh00.htm

I too can't wait the Big Bus!!!


25 Phileo : In my opinion, the mighty CFM engines in A343 looks much better and elegant as compared to the Trent 500 that looks like Trent 800 engines, definately
26 CV990A : P&M- I think TEDSKI is referring to the longer flight times on ultra-long-range flights, ie- Singapore/ Hong Kong-Europe, not the shorter Trans-Atlant
27 Hkgspotter1 : Sorry , missed that one !!
28 TK : Cathay operates the HKG - Vancouver route using both 744's and A340's and the A340 trip is only slower by 30 minutes. But it depends on the airlines p
29 Samspain : Any ideas on what routes the airlines plan to fly the A340-500/600?
30 Sushka : WOW what a big bird with Huge engines. I cant wait for the 500 series! That will be the coolest plane in the air im sure.
31 Post contains images Notarzt : P&M, Nevertheless, I've never heard that one (in English) before. "Hairdryer"... great. Daniel
32 Oxygen : The A340-500/600 wings are strectched by adding wing root inserts, not by stretching the tips, so most probably the inboard engines would be a bit fur
33 Post contains images Sukhoi : It was rolled in to final assembly in early January. Paul
34 Johnnybgoode : cathay just ordered the a-346s and gets ´em right away? wasn´t lufthansa supposed to be the third airline to receive the a-340-600??? rgds daniel
35 Post contains images DIA : Thank goodness. An airliner that has more than two engines. It was getting a little dull there. How about another three-holer! I guess with all the po
36 Juul : A new customer for the A340-500 was added today: Khalifa today announced an order for 3 A340-500s. There's a separate thread on this. BTW: let's not s
37 TEDSKI : Since the new A340-500/600 is getting RR Trent 500 series engines with close to 60,000lbs thrust, nobody will say the underpowered word anymore becaus
38 P&M : TEDSKI, since you generalize the 340 reaching it's destination two hours slower than the other widebody's, could you back up your statemen with facts
39 Viscount : Aside from the VC10 the A340-600 has got to be the most graceful aircraft ever. I have just seen pictures of the rollout on the Airbus Website and she
40 Johnnybgoode : Samspain, some airlines, like LH and i believe VS as well, will replace their fleet of 742s with the new a-340-600s, so most probably, some of these r
41 TEDSKI : If Olympic Airways was smart, they should have waited for the RR Trent powered A340-500/600 to come out, with almost the same passenger capacity as th
42 QantasA3XX : OLE OLE OLE AIRBUS !!! OLE OLE OLE AIRBUS !!! A340-600 is such a beauty !! QantasA380
43 LMML 14/32 : When is the first flight?
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