Hkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2960 times:
This is great news, cant wait to see it in full colours.
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
Western737 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2430 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.
Rabenschlag From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 1080 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2417 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
TEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2271 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.
Navion From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1033 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2238 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.
P&M From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2222 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.
TEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2153 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.