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A340 Poll

Mon Oct 22, 2001 9:55 pm

Do you like the A342, the A343, the A345, or the A346 the Best?
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Results will be released on Nov 1.

PS. And anybody know why Airbus skipped the A344?
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RE: A340 Poll

Tue Oct 23, 2001 1:27 am

I think the A344 was the proposed 8,000 nm range a/c. There was no big interest from the airlines, so the project was dropped.

Just like birdwatching - without having to be so damned quiet!

RE: A340 Poll

Tue Oct 23, 2001 3:20 am

I like the A340-500/600 with the powerful RR Trent 500s to improve takeoff and cruise performance over the underpowered CFM56-5C A340-200/300 to compete with the latest 777s.
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RE: A340 Poll

Tue Oct 23, 2001 4:05 am

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!
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RE: A340 Poll

Tue Oct 23, 2001 4:50 am

A340-600 is an awesome aircraft. I'm wondering if it will be quieter than the A330?
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RE: A340 Poll

Tue Oct 23, 2001 5:33 am

I recently saw the A340-600 at Le Bourget and it was a very impressive aircraft. Much more power than the A340-2/300, and very gracefully long
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GDB And Sultan Of Brunei

Mon Oct 29, 2001 1:01 am

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:

Comparison with an old list revealed the changes of ownership.