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What Happened To The Airbus A340-400 And A340-500?

Mon Apr 23, 2001 11:10 am

With the expected first-ever test flight of the fabulous new Airbus A340-600 on April 23.....it begs the question: What about the A340-400 and -500 series?
I never heard why Airbus is launching the -600 before the -400 or -500.
Anybody got any thoughts?
Anybody know the specs on the -400 or -500?
 
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RE: What Happened To The Airbus A340-400 And A340-500?

Mon Apr 23, 2001 11:19 am

There is no such thing as the Airbus A340-400. The A340-500 development is proceeding at full steam ahead as far as I know. Air Canada will be the first customer to take delivery of the -500 series.


All the lovely info is at http://www.airbus.com
 
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RE: What Happened To The Airbus A340-400 And A340-500?

Mon Apr 23, 2001 11:36 am

The -500 is just like the -600 only shorter (but still longer than the -300) with an enormus range.

Wasn't the -400 designation reserved for the A340-8000 (which never went into airline operation)?
 
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RE: What Happened To The Airbus A340-400 And A340-

Mon Apr 23, 2001 1:16 pm

The A340-400 was to be a stretched A340, not unlike the A340-600, but I believe it relied on the same wing and engines as the A340-300. It was cancelled in favour of the A340-600
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RE: What Happened To The Airbus A340-400 And A340-

Mon Apr 23, 2001 2:27 pm

I guess the reason why there is no A340-400 is a marketing strategy. Since Boeing 747-400 is so popular, Airbus don't want to designate its latest A340 as -400. So Airbus just makes it -500 and -600 to make ppl think that they are better than the -400, (the 747-400). When ppl think of -500 and -600, they will automatically think that it is sth. newer and better than the -400.

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RE: What Happened To The Airbus A340-400 And A340-500?

Mon Apr 23, 2001 3:51 pm

Skippy, so far no A340 whatsoever crashed!! No prototype, nothing. Only one A330 crashed during a testflight.

The A340-400 was a project, as were the stretched -500 and -600. While the -500 and -600 went ahead, the -400 plans were abandoned. So, there you have the reason for the missing -400.

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RE: What Happened To The Airbus A340-400 And A340-500?

Mon Apr 23, 2001 6:03 pm

I saw the front and rear "tubes" of the fuselage which will soon be part of the first A340-500 in Hamburg-Finkenwerder last week. It should soon be flown to Toulouse where they will make a "real" plane out of it. So I can say for sure that the A340-500 is coming! On the -400 I have no Information.
Does anybody know how the first flight of the A340-600 went?
 
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RE: What Happened To The Airbus A340-400 And A340-500?

Mon Apr 23, 2001 6:24 pm

It is my understanding that the A340-400 was to be an extended-range variant of the A340-200, based upon the A340-8000, as mentioned by Flyf15; this longer range variant did not attract much interest from the airlines since it did not add seats (airlines seem to prefer the 340-300 to the 340-200 anyway, the extra 32 seats are almost pure profit for an airline) and the A340-500 will fill the role that was to be played by this cancelled variant.
 
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RE: What Happened To The Airbus A340-400 And A340-500?

Mon Apr 23, 2001 7:25 pm

An Air Frane A340-200 crashed in Paris back in about 94 didn't it. It was a write off but I don't know if there was loss of life or not hope not but I can't be sure. Scott.
 
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RE: What Happened To The Airbus A340-400 And A340-500?

Mon Apr 23, 2001 8:11 pm

As I said, no A340 crashed so far. The A340-200 you mention, caught fire overnight during a maintenance check on 20 Jan 1994. The aircraft was Msn 10, had the registration F-GNIA and was leased to Sabena.

So, Skippy, neither "The A340-400 prototype kept crashing", nor can we blame the "defective French-designed FBW system" for that fire, nor is it true, that Airbus "quietly abandoned the project, depending on the lapdog European media to keep it all hush-hush."

But I think, we have an anti-Airbus media hush-hushing many things and many members here telling big fat lies about Airbus.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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