The A340 is my fafourite looking bird since 1991 . I do love for holers . Should she have flown 2 years earlier 1990 , she would have been sold at least twice more than the quantity number produced. Therefore we have to "thank" ironically the delays taken for each A340 type first flight .
Then i should point the fact that some A340s were used on midium hauls on which they had no reasons to be flown ( CAI PAR - KWI ROM CDG
- BRU NBO
- etc ... Very surprising for an ULH aircraft . Not to mention the A345 use on sectors such as DXB ZRH
instead of DXB LAX
( the reason why they were bought for) .
Even on a DXB
OSA , I do not see why this aircraft is operating such sectors .
I cannot understand why the the A345 had neverbeen pushed up to fly non stop sectors such as EU - SYD
I think from 2000 Airbus focused on the A388 kicking out the A345/A346 programm from their priority .
Airbus seems to have not considered the "danger" of the 773ER . Therefore it is quite understandable for Airbus to have delayed the A345 and A346 for more than one year !
Right on our days the end of the A340 is obvious , the twins (A333 772 773) C
can fly distances for 13 hours or more .... So why still using this "aging Four Holer"?
To conclude on a positive view, i say many thanks to RJA , SIA
, DLH ,SAA AEROLINEAS. IBERIA ... ETHIAD And i forget some of them flying this beauty on sectors on which a Common twin would not cover the distances