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What Flies Farther?  
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Posted (14 years 12 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 850 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.....

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User currently offlineAviationLawyer From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 12 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 704 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?


User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 12 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 699 times:

The a340-500 has the greatest range of 15,750km (8,500nm). The A340-600 has a range of 13,900 km (7,500nm).

User currently offlineBaec777 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1231 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 12 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 687 times:

I would say the 747-400 & MD-11 would fly farther because than any other type of aircrafts .. even the planes is in same directions, and same loading weights.

Http://www.boeing.com

Look at the 747, and the MD-11 to see the differences in the engines types that will runs the planes to a farther destinations than any other engines.


Bassim  


User currently offlineAM From Mexico, joined Oct 1999, 590 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 12 months 4 days ago) and read 670 times:

How about 777-200IGW vs. A340-200? Which flies farther?


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User currently offlinePerthWA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 12 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 661 times:

Well the 747-400 comes under the classification of "Long Rang airliner" whilst the A340 is classified as an "ultra long range airliner".

I think that should quite easily suggest that the A340 has the greater range!

Also, he original idea for the A340 was to create a plane that can fly to any destination in the world non stop. Something that the 744 cannot!


User currently offlineGundu From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 12 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 661 times:

I don't think so.The difference between the 744 and 343's range is only 20KM!


Some things to ponder about.....

gundu


User currently onlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11501 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (14 years 12 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 656 times:

"Also, he original idea for the A340 was to create a plane that can fly to any destination in the world non stop. Something that the 744 cannot! "

I would also point out that the A340 cannot either. At least, not with passengers.



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User currently offlineRavi From Singapore, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 12 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 654 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.

More bang for your buck, so to speak.


User currently offlinePanman From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Aug 1999, 790 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 12 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 644 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.

User currently offlineDLMD-11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 11 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 627 times:

The Airbus A340-200 has far and away a better range than the Boeing 747-400. However, the A340-200 has a lot less payload (about only 2/3 that of the Boeing giant.)

User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (14 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 624 times:

It is a close tie between the A340 & 777, being that they are both fly-by-wire aircraft and that saves on weight.

User currently offlineDash8tech From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 732 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (14 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 603 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.

Cheers.


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