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What Happened To The Airbus A340-400 And A340-500?  
User currently offlineLAX From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Posted (15 years 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 16623 times:

With the expected first-ever test flight of the fabulous new Airbus A340-600 on April 23.....it begs the question: What about the A340-400 and -500 series?
I never heard why Airbus is launching the -600 before the -400 or -500.
Anybody got any thoughts?
Anybody know the specs on the -400 or -500?

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User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4986 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 16589 times:

There is no such thing as the Airbus A340-400. The A340-500 development is proceeding at full steam ahead as far as I know. Air Canada will be the first customer to take delivery of the -500 series.

All the lovely info is at http://www.airbus.com

User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 16576 times:

The -500 is just like the -600 only shorter (but still longer than the -300) with an enormus range.

Wasn't the -400 designation reserved for the A340-8000 (which never went into airline operation)?

User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4652 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 16556 times:

The A340-400 was to be a stretched A340, not unlike the A340-600, but I believe it relied on the same wing and engines as the A340-300. It was cancelled in favour of the A340-600

"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." - Bahá'u'lláh
User currently offlineRed Panda From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2000, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 16534 times:

I guess the reason why there is no A340-400 is a marketing strategy. Since Boeing 747-400 is so popular, Airbus don't want to designate its latest A340 as -400. So Airbus just makes it -500 and -600 to make ppl think that they are better than the -400, (the 747-400). When ppl think of -500 and -600, they will automatically think that it is sth. newer and better than the -400.

my 2 cents
r panda

User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 16518 times:

Skippy, so far no A340 whatsoever crashed!! No prototype, nothing. Only one A330 crashed during a testflight.

The A340-400 was a project, as were the stretched -500 and -600. While the -500 and -600 went ahead, the -400 plans were abandoned. So, there you have the reason for the missing -400.


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User currently offlineGodBless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (15 years 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 16506 times:

I saw the front and rear "tubes" of the fuselage which will soon be part of the first A340-500 in Hamburg-Finkenwerder last week. It should soon be flown to Toulouse where they will make a "real" plane out of it. So I can say for sure that the A340-500 is coming! On the -400 I have no Information.
Does anybody know how the first flight of the A340-600 went?

User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (15 years 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 16497 times:

It is my understanding that the A340-400 was to be an extended-range variant of the A340-200, based upon the A340-8000, as mentioned by Flyf15; this longer range variant did not attract much interest from the airlines since it did not add seats (airlines seem to prefer the 340-300 to the 340-200 anyway, the extra 32 seats are almost pure profit for an airline) and the A340-500 will fill the role that was to be played by this cancelled variant.

User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5543 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (15 years 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 16484 times:

An Air Frane A340-200 crashed in Paris back in about 94 didn't it. It was a write off but I don't know if there was loss of life or not hope not but I can't be sure.


User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (15 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 16476 times:

As I said, no A340 crashed so far. The A340-200 you mention, caught fire overnight during a maintenance check on 20 Jan 1994. The aircraft was Msn 10, had the registration F-GNIA and was leased to Sabena.

So, Skippy, neither "The A340-400 prototype kept crashing", nor can we blame the "defective French-designed FBW system" for that fire, nor is it true, that Airbus "quietly abandoned the project, depending on the lapdog European media to keep it all hush-hush."

But I think, we have an anti-Airbus media hush-hushing many things and many members here telling big fat lies about Airbus.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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