mauilono
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A340-type Freighters

Sat Mar 20, 2004 1:05 am

Why havent I seen any freighter version of the A340-200/300/500/600 type aircraft?
 
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solnabo
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RE: A340-type Freighters

Sat Mar 20, 2004 1:10 am

I think A332/3 will take care of that dude!

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solnabo
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RE: A340-type Freighters

Sat Mar 20, 2004 1:38 am

.....and 380F!!
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Starlionblue
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RE: A340-type Freighters

Sat Mar 20, 2004 1:43 am

I think we will see it. Just wait 5-10 years for the conversions.

To answer your question, the relatively low power and relatively high wing loading of the A340 makes me surmise that the A330 is a better candidate, as has already been stated.
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RE: A340-type Freighters

Sat Mar 20, 2004 2:23 am

I don't know the actual details or numbers (and too lazy to dig up) but I think that 340 family would be all over bit uneconomical for "hard cargo"! This must be true because otherwise there would already be a freighter version of it! Maybe for integrators (FedEx etc.) it would make sense but not for "real" cargo carriers.

Comparing to MD11 it has an extra engine and comparing to 747 it does not have the capacity, although being more economical.

I'm sure at least FedEx will have some 340-200 convertions in few years!?

It's same thing with 380 - good for someone who flies only relatively light cargo (integrators again) but questionable for "hard" cargo carriers!?  Confused
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RE: A340-type Freighters

Sat Mar 20, 2004 2:46 am

I think that the A300-600 Freghter program has delayed Airbus' development of an A330/340 freighter - the A300 has had an amazing second life as a freighter with new builds still being produced for UPS and FedEx and there have been many conversions of the A300/310 to freighters: cheaper 2nd hand aircraft make much more sense as freighters in general. Add to that a large number of MD11s and 747s available for conversion and the beginning of the 762 conversion program in the past year or so, thus, there is not a great amount of interest in an A330/340 freighter.

It will be interesting to see if older A330/340s are converted to freighters: I think that the most logical choice for conversion would be the A333, but the early build examples of that subtype are low-weight versions that may not be suitable for hauling cargo.

I think that we can assume that if an airline came to Airbus asking for 10+ new-build examples of an A330/340 Freighter, Airbus would find a way to build it.
 
mauilono
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RE: A340-type Freighters

Sun Mar 21, 2004 4:28 am

thanks everyone for the info.....I appreciate it!!

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