Boeing Nut
Posts: 5078
Joined: Fri Feb 23, 2001 2:42 am

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?

Regards  Smile
I'm not a real aeronautical engineer, I just play one on Airliners.net.
 
GOT
Posts: 1843
Joined: Sun Dec 31, 2000 6:44 am

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.

GOT
Just like birdwatching - without having to be so damned quiet!
 
Guest

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
Posts: 3372
Joined: Sun May 21, 2000 6:22 pm

RE: Airbus A340-200/300 Status

Sat May 05, 2001 3:09 am

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

Gerardo
dominguez(dash)online(dot)ch ... Pushing the limits of my equipment
 
Ndebele
Posts: 2847
Joined: Mon Apr 09, 2001 3:16 am

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
Posts: 1269
Joined: Mon Jun 26, 2000 9:01 am

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
Posts: 4228
Joined: Sat Jul 15, 2000 2:02 pm

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.
 
Boeing Nut
Posts: 5078
Joined: Fri Feb 23, 2001 2:42 am

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.

I'm not a real aeronautical engineer, I just play one on Airliners.net.

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos