|Quoting Pnwtraveler (Reply 2):
I thought door #3 was full size on a 345 and there were 5 full size doors on a A346. The door size again determined by exit regulations by the FAA and others. I don't have time to check at the moment but I am sure someone knows offhand.
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|Quoting Kimberlyrj (Reply 5):|
I remember reading a while back that Boeing was not happy with the over wing exit used on the Airbus A340-600 saying it was so small to support the maximum load of 660 passengers.
|Quoting B773A346 (Thread starter):|
I thought why did Airbus not make that door the same the all the other doors ?
|Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 6):|
I can't find the maximum certificated seating capacity of the A340-600 but I'm quite sure it's much less than 660.
|Quoting Kimberlyrj (Reply 7):|
I think your right, sorry. Its the same as the Boeing 777-300, hence why Boeing were not happy that Airbus were allowed to have a smaller over wing exit, were the B773 had a larger one... Airbus got away with it in the end by saying that their slides take less time to activate and there for passengers can start using them quicker.
|Quoting FBU 4EVER! (Reply 8):|
Max allowed seats on the A333 with the large A-type door is 409. Somewhat less with the smaller B-type door.
|Quoting Zeke (Reply 10):|
I don't think that is correct. The A340 is older than the 777, it can grandfather the certification rules, just like the A380 needed to meet the new rules, the 748i only need to meet the old rules.
|Quoting Kimberlyrj (Reply 11):|
Boeing challenged that Airbus could not evacuate the cabin of the A346in the allotted time (Boeing suggested they only just did it with the B773 10 type A exits). Never heard of it again – as if anyone would use the A346 at its maximum capacity anyway.