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A New And Improved A343?

Thu Dec 11, 2003 12:12 am

Apologies if this have been discussed before but I could not find an answer to my question when I searched.

I saw this picture of the A343 being tested with the Trent 500...

http://www.aerospace-technology.com/projects/a340-600/images/img5.jpg

My question is If airbus put the new light wing that is in development for the A346/5 and added 4 Trents-500 instead of the CFMs, would that kind of design have any impact on the operation cost? And would it be too heavy or would that aircraft actually be able to cross the 10,000NM of range?

thanks alot.
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RE: A New And Improved A343?

Thu Dec 11, 2003 12:59 am

...I don't think the wing currently in use on 343's would withstand the wight of 4 Trent 500's  Smile
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RE: A New And Improved A343?

Thu Dec 11, 2003 1:54 am

Doesn't the larger A345/6 wing involve a root plug and wing box stretch? That could make it very difficult to adapt it to the A343; it might be easier to further shrink the A345, but in either case, the wing could well be too much for the airplane. Airbus has had trouble keeping the new wing's weight under control, and without the economic benefits of more seats, the "A343NG" might not be much of an improvement.

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RE: A New And Improved A343?

Thu Dec 11, 2003 2:52 am

I have nothing to back this up, but GE uses a 747 to fly engines around, most notable the new beasts for the 773ER. They carried it in the same position as that A343 has it, the #2 slot.

Dunno when the picture was taken, but a guess would be that airbus is just doing the same, a flying testbed.

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zak
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RE: A New And Improved A343?

Fri Dec 12, 2003 9:02 am

airbus actually flies a a343 around with a completely redesigned wing that is very visible due to the much larger winglets. there is a pic here:
http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.cgi?153819
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RE: A New And Improved A343?

Fri Dec 12, 2003 10:49 am

Thats just new winglets.
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RE: A New And Improved A343?

Sat Dec 13, 2003 2:16 am

No, no it isn't.

The wing is drastically different, not to mention loaded with all sorts of sensors.

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RE: A New And Improved A343?

Sat Dec 13, 2003 6:39 am

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