LAX From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3 Posted (13 years 5 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 12140 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?
Red Panda From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2000, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 12051 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.
GodBless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 12023 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?
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 12014 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.
Gerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (13 years 5 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 11993 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.
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