Guess Fed Ex would jump for joy if there would be 332 ERF, I know they dont have 767F in their fleet, but alots of 300/310/MD11.....in the future perhaps!!
Hmmm, wonder how much $$$$ 380F cost for FedEx???
There's no room for an A340F simply because Boeing did such a damn good job designing & marketing the 747F's.
And yes, converting older planes to F's is much cheaper. Any way you put, you can't get anymore bang for your buck than with a 747, for any type of aftermarket conversions; e.g.: I wanna see an A340 do this:
Are you kidding? The 340-200 & -300 could barely get off the ground with passengers. I would hate to see it try to take off with loads of cargo. It might look like it's coming in for a landing instead of taking off. This isn't a bash against Airbus, but the -200 and -300 versions are known for bad climbs, however the -500 and -600 versions are much better.
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We'll never see an A340 freighter because the A340 is the same fuselage as the A330 with the mere addition of a 4 engine setup for extra and ultra long range flights as a safety feature. Freighters don't need this safety feature, so there is no need to waste money on maintaing a 4 engine A340 when a 2 engine A330 will haul the same cargo cheaper...
As far as I'm aware both 330 and 340 would have a smaller cargo capacity in weight (I would assume 340 would carry even less than 330?) than MD11F currently offers (somewhere around 94t). Also 330 would have one (or two) maindeck pallet position less but one more in lower Aft hold.
I saw a study of a 330 freighter capabilities the other day but didn't have a chance to look into details
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I believe the A343 would make an excellent cargo aircraft if it were to have a lighter wing and 4 trent 500s wouldn't you all agree? it would be over powerd like the MD11. so that means it can take alot of weight for I would say atleast 6000nm.
I think an a340-600 Frieghter would scare me alot because of the length of the plane. Maybe if the converted an A340-200 it wouldn't seem so bad and it would have great range. I can see alot of cargo airlines going for this.