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What's The Difference Between The A333 And A343  
User currently offlineklm77 From Canada, joined Sep 2009, 168 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4134 times:

I'm an Airbus A330 fan and I was thinking of how the A333 airframe is identical to the A343 frame (Correct me if I'm wrong). What I wanted to ask is, if it is truly the exact same body, what's the point in owning an A333 when you could just get the A343 and get almost 2000km extra range.

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User currently offlinemasi1157 From Germany, joined Feb 2011, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4112 times:

Hi!


"Airbus fan" sounds suspect to me, but well. I remember when the first A330 was assembled after a couple of A340s, there were lots of failure reports from production because half of the cables and installations were missing. Yes, the original designs were very similar.

Regards, masi1157


User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 29656 posts, RR: 84
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4067 times:
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Quoting klm77 (Thread starter):
What I wanted to ask is, if it is truly the exact same body, what's the point in owning an A333 when you could just get the A343 and get almost 2000km extra range.

The extra engines and such add about five tons to the empty weight of the plane (using Airbus' OEM figures). That extra weight and those extra engines also result in overall higher fuel burn and can result in a lower dispatch reliability (twice as many engines means statistically more chances for things to go wrong). The higher MTOW of the A340-300 increases airport and navigation fees, as well.

So if you don't need the extra range (which is more like 1500nm at MZFW), you can save fuel and and fees without sacrificing passenger or payload capacity.


User currently offlinemasi1157 From Germany, joined Feb 2011, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4042 times:

Quoting Stitch (Reply 2):

Is that what he asked?  

Regards, masi1157

[Edited 2011-02-07 14:55:49]

User currently offlineklm77 From Canada, joined Sep 2009, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4024 times:

The weight on the A343 makes sense to be more because of the extra engines and such but I never took into consideration because it is heavier and has a higher MTOW, the taxes would be higher. Thanks for sharing  

User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16908 posts, RR: 67
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4014 times:

Quoting klm77 (Thread starter):
what's the point in owning an A333 when you could just get the A343 and get almost 2000km extra range.

Well, if you don't need the range the 333 is cheaper to operate. I think also cheaper to purchase.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24061 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3958 times:

If you don't need the A340's range you're also paying to maintain the center-line landing gear and the additional wheels and tires, not to mention flying that weight around for nothing.

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