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A New And Improved A343?  
User currently offlineKorg747 From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 549 posts, RR: 5
Posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2148 times:

Apologies if this have been discussed before but I could not find an answer to my question when I searched.

I saw this picture of the A343 being tested with the Trent 500...


My question is If airbus put the new light wing that is in development for the A346/5 and added 4 Trents-500 instead of the CFMs, would that kind of design have any impact on the operation cost? And would it be too heavy or would that aircraft actually be able to cross the 10,000NM of range?

thanks alot.

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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 48
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2090 times:

...I don't think the wing currently in use on 343's would withstand the wight of 4 Trent 500's  Smile

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User currently offlineB2707SST From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 1386 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2042 times:

Doesn't the larger A345/6 wing involve a root plug and wing box stretch? That could make it very difficult to adapt it to the A343; it might be easier to further shrink the A345, but in either case, the wing could well be too much for the airplane. Airbus has had trouble keeping the new wing's weight under control, and without the economic benefits of more seats, the "A343NG" might not be much of an improvement.


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User currently offlineBlatantEcho From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2030 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2028 times:

I have nothing to back this up, but GE uses a 747 to fly engines around, most notable the new beasts for the 773ER. They carried it in the same position as that A343 has it, the #2 slot.

Dunno when the picture was taken, but a guess would be that airbus is just doing the same, a flying testbed.


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User currently offlineZak From Greenland, joined Sep 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1842 times:

airbus actually flies a a343 around with a completely redesigned wing that is very visible due to the much larger winglets. there is a pic here:

User currently offlineN754pr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1829 times:

Thats just new winglets.

User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 79
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1765 times:

No, no it isn't.

The wing is drastically different, not to mention loaded with all sorts of sensors.


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 9429 posts, RR: 39
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1737 times:

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