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Airbus A340-200/300 Status  
User currently offlineBoeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

Greetings all.

Just wanted to see what you think about this. Now that the A340-500/600 is on the scene, what is the status of the 200/300 series? Do you think they will be re-engined along with other upgrades? Or do you think they will be dropped all together? I could see usefulness of the 342's capacity on long-very thin ETOPS routes. What do you think?

Regards  Smile

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User currently offlineGOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2634 times:

I think that the A342/A343 will live on for a few years but when Airbus have finished the development of the A380 they will probably make a new A330 for that market.


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User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2628 times:

There is talk about the A340-300 Enhanced model getting a new 38,000lb thrust CFM56-5C4 engine.

User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (15 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2617 times:

This A340-300 enhanced will enter into service about 2002.


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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2905 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (15 years 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2600 times:

What else did you expect? Airbus usually give their aircraft stronger engines, some years after the introduction.

See A300B2 -> A300B4 -> A300-600 -> A300-600R
See A310-200 -> A310-300
See A340-300 -> A340-313 -> A340-300"Enhanced"

For the 342, I see the same future like for the 762: Airbus will still offer the 342, but hardly anybody will buy it. But maybe after 5 years, anybody might order some (like CO's 762). I don't think a new 33X will take the place of 342/343, giving the airlines the chance of choice whether to take 2 or 4 engines.

User currently offlineTupolev154B2 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1332 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (15 years 3 days ago) and read 2596 times:

Boeing nut,

The possibilty of the A342's capacity being used on long thin ETOPS routes is already there in the form of the A332  Smile

Anyhow, Airbus believes in 4 engines for ultra-long routes, so a 2-engined A340 (the A330 Big grin) with long-range won't do

User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (15 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2578 times:

The A340-300 should be around for a while. Remember, not everyone needs the 8500nm range of the 345.

User currently offlineBoeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (15 years 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2560 times:

Tupolev154, I hate to break it to you, but no 330 can go 8,000 nm. The 340 can go almost 1,500 nm farther.

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