GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13220 posts, RR: 77
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 745 times:
I agree with TEDSKI, nothing wrong with loads of power!
One A340-400, or something like it was built, the -8000?
For the Sultan Of Brunei I think, his family ran short of cash and Lufthansa Technik looked after it until fitting it out for another customer.
If someone can clarify or correct, I'll be happy to stand corrected!
A380-700R From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 657 times:
The aircraft you were talking about was really designated A340-8000, because of the range of 8000 nautical miles. It entered service in 1998 but the sultan did not sell it. He sold two others of the four (!) A340-200 derivates he originally owned. He kept the newest, the -8000 and got rid of an 1993 A340-211 which serves now the Jordanian Royal Family. The other aircraft, an A340-213 was built in 1996 and is now owned by the Kingdom Holding Company of Prince Alwaleed of Saudi Arabia. This must have been a real bargain, since this Prince is known to pay much less than his investments are worth and obviously the Sultan needed money so urgently. Anyway he still can choose between the A340-213X (-8000) and an A340-212 from 1994. Not too bad, I think.
An actual production list of the A340 can be found at: