747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3480 posts, RR: 2 Posted (3 years 3 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2259 times:
I want to to ride on an A340NG before airlines start retiring them from mainline service, but right now is not the right time for me to take such a long flight. With the A350 XWB coming and airline loving the 77W/77L, it seems that even the A340NG days are number, so I wonder, how much time I likely have, before I miss out on riding on an A340NG?
seabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5308 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2107 times:
LH, IB, VS, and SA will all be operating A346 for a long time to come. You have plenty of time.
The aircraft are all less than 10 years old (some much less) and are still core parts of their operators' fleets.
The bulk of A343X frames will also be in service for a very long time.
The only A340 frames likely to see premature retirement are the A342, A343 non-X, and perhaps the A345. The A342 and A343 non-X have been overshadowed by much more efficient HGW A330s, and the A345 is just a very heavy beast for its capacity.