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Airbus A340-200/300 Status

Sat May 05, 2001 2:19 am

Greetings all.

Just wanted to see what you think about this. Now that the A340-500/600 is on the scene, what is the status of the 200/300 series? Do you think they will be re-engined along with other upgrades? Or do you think they will be dropped all together? I could see usefulness of the 342's capacity on long-very thin ETOPS routes. What do you think?

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GOT
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RE: Airbus A340-200/300 Status

Sat May 05, 2001 2:29 am

I think that the A342/A343 will live on for a few years but when Airbus have finished the development of the A380 they will probably make a new A330 for that market.

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RE: Airbus A340-200/300 Status

Sat May 05, 2001 2:48 am

There is talk about the A340-300 Enhanced model getting a new 38,000lb thrust CFM56-5C4 engine.
 
gerardo
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RE: Airbus A340-200/300 Status

Sat May 05, 2001 3:09 am

This A340-300 enhanced will enter into service about 2002.

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Ndebele
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RE: Airbus A340-200/300 Status

Sat May 05, 2001 4:25 am

What else did you expect? Airbus usually give their aircraft stronger engines, some years after the introduction.

See A300B2 -> A300B4 -> A300-600 -> A300-600R
See A310-200 -> A310-300
See A340-300 -> A340-313 -> A340-300"Enhanced"

For the 342, I see the same future like for the 762: Airbus will still offer the 342, but hardly anybody will buy it. But maybe after 5 years, anybody might order some (like CO's 762). I don't think a new 33X will take the place of 342/343, giving the airlines the chance of choice whether to take 2 or 4 engines.
 
tupolev154b2
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RE: Airbus A340-200/300 Status

Sat May 05, 2001 4:58 am

Boeing nut,

The possibilty of the A342's capacity being used on long thin ETOPS routes is already there in the form of the A332  Smile

Anyhow, Airbus believes in 4 engines for ultra-long routes, so a 2-engined A340 (the A330 Big grin) with long-range won't do
 
cba
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RE: Airbus A340-200/300 Status

Sat May 05, 2001 6:21 am

The A340-300 should be around for a while. Remember, not everyone needs the 8500nm range of the 345.
 
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RE: Airbus A340-200/300 Status

Sat May 05, 2001 8:07 am

Tupolev154, I hate to break it to you, but no 330 can go 8,000 nm. The 340 can go almost 1,500 nm farther.

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