A340-600 Specific Questions

Sat Jan 22, 2000 9:57 am

Won't this bird be too long to navigate smoothly at most airports? I might be wrong, but the Airbus website has no technical information whatsoever about the project.
Will it need a tailskid to prevent it from scraping like the 757-300? New landing gear?

Does anyone else agree/disagree that this will be one ugly aircraft and that this stretch is far too long? I certainly do. I think it is one ridiculous looking aircraft but one that will be dirt cheap to operate.
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RE: A340-600 Specific Questions

Sat Jan 22, 2000 10:06 am

It will be the world's longest airplane (If you'd like I can get the specifics), and the biggest problem with it will be scrapes on rotations, especially on landing since it will have to land almost horizontally.

Personal opinion: It will be too long, it will have problems, and swinging it around in airports will indeed be a hassle.

RE: A340-600 Specific Questions

Sat Jan 22, 2000 10:14 am

Please! I'd love to see some specifics.


It will almost certainly have problems, but perhaps those spiffy Airbus computers can manuever the thing around like clockwork.

RE: A340-600 Specific Questions

Sat Jan 22, 2000 10:34 am

How can this thing cut it as as a 777X competitor then?
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RE: A340-600 Specific Questions

Sat Jan 22, 2000 2:06 pm

I'm certain the Airbus website has dimensional information on the -500 and -600 (as well as the A3XX) along with all of the other (existing) Airbus aircraft.
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RE: A340-600 Specific Questions

Sat Jan 22, 2000 4:19 pm

Actually it doesn't....that's obviously why I brought the question to the forum. I had hoped someone would help me out but I guess I was wrong there too.
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RE: A340-600 Specific Questions

Sat Jan 22, 2000 6:32 pm

It can't be any uglier than all the DC-9 stretches.
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RE: A340-600 Specific Questions

Sat Jan 22, 2000 8:39 pm

From what I've heard, the A340NGs have better than average power to weight ratios to compensate for their extra length (something like the aircraft can lift off at reduced pitch angles, but with a higher speed).

But that's just word of mouth. Mind you, any increase in power for the A340 would be welcome :-)
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RE: A340-600 Specifics

Sat Jan 22, 2000 10:31 pm

He he guys, I got the specifics!


Length 245.3ft 74.77m
Wingspan 208.2ft 63.45m
Height 58.3ft 17.29m
Fuselage diameter 18.5ft 5.64m


MTOW1 804700lb 365t
MLW2 560000lb 254t
MZFW3 529133lb 240t
Max. fuel capacity 51680USg 195620l

1MTOW: Maximum takeoff weight
2MLW: Maximum landing weight
3MZFW: Maximum zero-fuel weight


Range 7500nm 13900km

Passenger Accommodation and Payload

Typical 3-class
layout 380
Max. payload 146297lb 66.36t

Power Plant

4 x Rolls Royce Trent 556 56000 lb

Impressive figures, don't you agree?

The information is from the DaimlerChrysler Aerospace Airbus (DASA) website, which actually is exellent!

They have a detailed overview of the entire AIRBUS program, with all the specifics, nice photos and graphics (better than the AIRBUS website).
Definetively worth a visit!

Check it out at: version)

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RE: A340-600 Specific Questions

Sat Jan 22, 2000 10:40 pm

Maybe they can even give it fold-up wings like they were planningfor the 777
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Sun Jan 23, 2000 3:30 am

The specifics are now posted as a seperate thread for anyone who's interested but didn't stumble in here. Also, you're quite right, the Airbus website could use some adjusting, I was outraged when - even in the first quarter of 2000 - their A3XX Breifing still was in 3rd Quarter '99... I have the schematics of the -300 and -200, but not the newer ones, because they aren't there. BUT, I do have all available information on all Airbus jets including the A318, A340-500, -600, and A3XXs.

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