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A340-500 And -600 Exact Specifics  
User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2795 posts, RR: 15
Posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2026 times:

This is the exact data on the new A340s (from Airbus)...

A340-500:
Typical Pax.: 313; 12first 42business 259econ.
Max. Pax.: 440
Range w/ capacity: 15,750 km / 8,500 nm.
LD3 Containers: 31
Launch Date: December '97
First Airline Delivery: 2002
Engines: 4; Trent 553s; 236kn / 53,000 lbs. thrust
Fuselage Diameter: 5.64m / 18' 5" (same as A300, A310, A330)
Overall Length: 67.8m / 222' 4"
Wingspan: 63.5m / 208' 2"
Overall Height: 17.8m / 58' 3"
Wing Area: 437 square m / 4,707 square ft.
Wing Sweep: 31.1 Degrees
Max. Operating Speed: 0.86 mach
Max. TakeOff Weight: 365 tonnes / 804.7 klb
Max. Landing Weight: 236 tonnes / 520.3 klb
Operating Empty Weight: 170.4 tonnes / 375.7 klb
Max. Payload: 43.3 tonnes / 95.5 klb
Max. Fuel Capacity: 213,120 lit. / 56,300 U.S. Gal.

A340-600:
Typical Pax.: 380; 12first 54business 314econ.
Max. Pax.: 485
Range w/ capacity: 13,900 km / 7,500 nm.
LD3 Containers: 43
Launch Date: December '97
First Airline Delivery: 2002
Engines: 4; Trent 556s; 249kn / 56,000 lbs. thrust
Fuselage Diameter: 5.64m / 18' 5" (same as all Airbus widebodies)
Overall Length: 75.3m / 246' 4"
Wingspan: 63.5m / 208' 2"
Overall Height: 17.8m / 58' 3"
Wing Area: 437 square m / 4,707 square ft.
Wing Sweep: 31.1 Degrees
Max. Operating Speed: 0.86 mach
Max. TakeOff Weight: 365 tonnes / 804.7 klb
Max. Landing Weight: 254 tonnes / 560 klb
Operating Empty Weight: 177 tonnes / 390.2 klb
Max. Payload: 55.8 tonnes / 123 klb
Max. Fuel Capacity: 195,620 lit. / 51,680 U.S. Gal.

Do the -500 and -600 have the same TakeOff Weight?
Yes, the -600 carries far less fuel and goes 1,000 nm. less distance, this accomodates the need for less takeoff weight.


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User currently offlineWingman From Seychelles, joined May 1999, 2297 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1955 times:

Without asking you to do the same for the 343, what are highlited changes or improvements (i.e. range, pax, cruise speed)?

User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1951 times:

I don't know, nor do I know why Airbus keeps stretching the d*mn things. The only real highlights about the new 'big brothers' are:
The -500 is the farthest reaching jet in the world, farther than a 747-400.
The -600 is the longest jet in the world, longer than a 777-300.
The wings are newer, made of lighter composites, and larger.
The engines are higher-bypass, not those little jobs tucked under the wings of earlier 340s.

p.s. I have the exact spec.s for all in-production Airbus jetliners, including the 340s -200 and -300 (I don't know what ever happened to the -8000, which took place of the -400), and the A318, and A3XX.



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User currently offlineBo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1949 times:

So, all told, the 346 is only about 5 meters longer than your average 747....
Nevertheless, with the same gear structure as its older ancestors (342 and 343) this thing is going to have some serious problems as well as being one hell of an ugly aircraft.


User currently offlineBo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

How do you come by this information?The Airbus website is terribly poor in terms of specs.

User currently offlineAmir From Syria, joined Dec 1999, 1254 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1946 times:

Hi,

first of all thanks very much for posting the spesifics!!!!! great job!

the first thing that made me wonder was the LD3 container capacity. How comes that the figure is 31, and 43 ? they are always loaded in pairs, two in a row, if you load one you can't use the space left for anything alse! the only aircraft i know which takes a single LD3 is the 737 freighter, there you have tha last position in the aft that (due to the narrowing fuselage) takes one LD3 only.

Do you have any explanation for that?

Thanks again and take care
Amir


User currently offlineTedski From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1947 times:

I am surprised that Airbus didn't opt for a high thrust engine in the A340-200/300 and went instead with the CFM56. I read in one of the forums on this website, that the CFM56s are at their maximum thrust settings on the A340? Why couldn't they have gone to the PW2000 series engine that is used on the 757 and that wide-body Russian plane?

User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

First, BO, I got the information from the unbeleivably high-quality A3XX CD, which I got for free from Airbus (I posted this a while ago). They don't send it out to just everyone, I wrote a rather passionate letter and had to stir things up a bit...

The LD3 bit is strange. The information actually says 30-31 and 42-43, but they have ways of squeezing an extra one in back by the bulk cargo area that I don't fully understand. I also know that the A340 has both passenger and/or crew facilities below decks, which might take up the space of one of the containers.



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User currently offlineAmir From Syria, joined Dec 1999, 1254 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1943 times:

Thanks 747-600

actually the Crew stuff (MCR = Mobile crew rest) in the lower deck is always a full unit this means it is positioned on the space of a so called 88/ 96 inch palette. This position is exactly the one needed to place two LD3.

this sounds intresting though. I have worked the ramp und done the loading on the A310, A300 , 742 SCD (Side cargo door) and the DC8-73.

Regards
Amir


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