Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 42 Posted (16 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 974 times:
Can someone please lay this debate to rest?
Which has a longer range..the 747-400 or A340?
I don't need variables such as load, weights, etc....
Which plane would fly the farest?
Or, to put it another way, if 1 of each plane took off with a full load from LAX on a hot day, and flew nonstop to say Tokyo or London, which one would have more fuel left in its tanks upon landing? Assuming each one flew the same route.
A pricey lunch is riding on this.....
AviationLawyer From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (16 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 828 times:
The 747-400 has a normal range of 13,480 km. The A340-200 has a range of 14,800 km. The A340-300 has a range of 13,500 km, but designed to carry more passengers. I don't know about the A340-500 or -600--Does anyone?
Ravi From Singapore, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (16 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 778 times:
The longest ranging commercial airplane yet to go into production is the A340-8000 - the -200 derivative with -300E weights - of which 1 has been produced and I believe operated by the Sultan of Brunei. Initially Air Canada ordered 2, but cancelled them. It has a range of just under 8,000nm.
Apart from this airplane the next longest ranging (full passengers + baggage) is the 298t B777-200ER with a range of 7,780nm. Then comes some lighter B777-200ER variants, and then the A340-300E, with a range of 7,200nm. After this you have the B747-400.
However, if you want to carry loads of freight (and most airlines do) you still cannot beat the range/payload capacity of the B747-400. Whereas the A340 and B777 have roughly a 50t payload capacity, the B747-400 has a 60-65t capacity.
Panman From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Aug 1999, 790 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (16 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 768 times:
Maybe on paper the A340 has longer range than the 744 but I have read and heard reports that the A340 is not underperforming when it comes to engine power and I believe that this may affect it's range.
Dash8tech From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 732 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (16 years 2 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 727 times:
On my recent trip with Air Canada on an A340-300, the pilot (Whom was extremely proud of the airlines youngest plane) said the plane can stay airborne over 18 hours which he said was longer than any other airliner in the world.