AV8AJET
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A340-300 Different Sized Exits

Mon Feb 09, 2004 12:20 am

If you blow this picture up to "Large" you'll notice that the China Eastern A343 has a smaller sized 3rd exit than the Air France A343 which has a larger 3rd exit??? Is this like the 763's having (3) different exit sizes, it's based on the customers seating arrangements?


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Here are the (3) different 763 exit config's:


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nethkt
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RE: A340-300 Different Sized Exits

Mon Feb 09, 2004 12:29 am

Very interesting post.
I love the 3 different exit-doors types of 767-300! So kewl!!  Big grin
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JBLUA320
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RE: A340-300 Different Sized Exits

Mon Feb 09, 2004 12:43 am

The different sized exit doors on the A340's could be due to the fact that one is a -200 and the other a -300.

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RE: A340-300 Different Sized Exits

Mon Feb 09, 2004 12:56 am

It'a a customer specified option depending on the seating config as well as a FAA/CAA, etc requirement for evacuation.

If it's a tour operator....then generally they will need the full double sized doors for compliance.

Since aircraft tend to switch hands..particularly through lessors..then you occassionaly see this.

I beleive all the initial test aircraft from the 330/340 programme were equipmed with eight 'full size' doors. It's likely it one of those aircraft.

And they are both -300's.

For Boeing, they all comply with evacuation requirments and is strictly a airline preference.
 
ManchesterMAN
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RE: A340-300 Different Sized Exits

Mon Feb 09, 2004 1:00 am

I've also noticed this on A330s


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Both these are -200s - I always thought it might be something to do with the config of the aircraft. The MON 332 is very high density, whilst the LH is lower density. Maybe a bigger exit is needed for more pax???? (For evacuation)

I have always wondered this as well so look forward to responses.

John

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RE: A340-300 Different Sized Exits

Mon Feb 09, 2004 1:15 am

Virgin Atlantic also has this different 3-doors on their A340-300s:

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On a side note, this difference is noted on their Safety Cards as the 343 card with the pink top is the type with a smaller door 3, while the 343 card with the orange top is the main-type door 3.

Many 757s (NWA, for example) have different configurations that have different wing doors.

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RE: A340-300 Different Sized Exits

Mon Feb 09, 2004 1:33 am

"JBLUA320"

They are both -300's



"SafetyDude"

Yeah I've noticed the two different NWA 75's also:


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