Sun Jan 07, 2001 4:56 am

A thought came to mind if Airbus were to come out with a new 400 model of the A340, with a 300 model fuselage and the wings from the new 500 & 600 models equipped with engine options for either the P&W 4000, GE CF6, and Rolls Royce RB211 series engines. With larger stronger wings with more fuel capacity could this be possibly an extended long-range version of the A340 to compete with the 777-200LR?
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RE: A340-400

Sun Jan 07, 2001 5:13 am

There already is a 777LR competitor. The 340-500.

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RE: A340-400

Sun Jan 07, 2001 5:27 am

The A340-500 is exactly what you just described. I think they saved the A340-400 name in case Boeing does come out with a 777-100, then Airbus will come out with a newer A340-200, and name it the -400.

RE: A340-400

Sun Jan 07, 2001 5:39 am

If this newer A340-200 were to come out would they install the stronger wings from the new 500 & 600 models to mount the larger powerplants described before rather than the small CFM56s?
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RE: A340-400

Sun Jan 07, 2001 6:30 am

There will probably never be an A340-400. Before launching the -500/600 Airbus studied a longer Version (about 10 frames or 5 meters) of the -300, called the -400. But with the same wings it would only have had a range of about 10,000-11,000 km. So airlines weren´t much interested. The -500/600 semmed to be a better solution.
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RE: A340-400

Sun Jan 07, 2001 7:36 am

Yes, Rw is right.

They were also proposing a stretched A330, the A330-400 to compete with the 777, back in the early 90s. However, their major hope, Cathay Pacific, went to the 777, and Airbus abandoned the idea...
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