Boeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 2 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2198 times:
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?
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2903 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2133 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.