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How Long Before The Retirement Of A340s?  
User currently online747400sp 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?

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User currently offlineebj1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

I don't see the A340 leaving airline service for some time to come. Why should it?


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User currently offlinejj8080 From Brazil, joined Aug 2008, 932 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2154 times:

The A346 is still pretty relevant for some airlines, such as IB, SA, VS and LH. I think they will still be around for the upcoming years. All the A340NG flying around are still new frames.


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User currently offlineseabosdca 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.


User currently offlinegoblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1914 times:

Quoting seabosdca (Reply 3):
The aircraft are all less than 10 years old (some much less) and are still core parts of their operators' fleets.

Yeah, the MDs are much older and they're still flying.

Quoting seabosdca (Reply 3):
LH, IB, VS, and SA

Don't forget EY and Royal Jordanian.  



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User currently offlinejj8080 From Brazil, joined Aug 2008, 932 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1846 times:

Quoting seabosdca (Reply 3):
and the A345 is just a very heavy beast for its capacity.

And the 77L is a better a/c in both range and economics.



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