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Re: Last A340 operator

Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:51 pm

Come on folks, Delta haven't even acquired their A340s yet. They are certain to be the last operator...
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Re: Last A340 operator

Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:55 pm

My thoughts are that the last commercial A340 operator is still a vague idea in a businessman or government minister's head. The increasingly cheap lease rates and long range are going to make for some interesting concepts in the next 10-20 years.

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Re: Last A340 operator

Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:13 pm

Good question, i love the A340's.
Guessing everybody rules out TK, with half flying of what was built, 'impossible' to say. TK's livery suites it well, so i hope they last long!
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Re: Last A340 operator

Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:43 pm

Does the A340 family have any future as a freighter? Or is it too under-powered, with the required structural modification not being economical?

With oil prices low, and forecasted to stay low, it just seems like a waste to send these birds to the desert. I believe the last A340, a -600 was built in 2010.

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Re: Last A340 operator

Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:45 pm

Given Airbus is now probably the largest (direct and indirect) owner of A340's, due to trades and buybacks, and uses them predominantly to cover / compensate for late deliveries, and as an inducement to acquire new A330/A350's, it's not beyond the realms of possibility we will see a new name or two on a fuselage before retirement.

Even though there is a degree of commonality with the A330CEO, a point will be reached where Airbus wants to retire it's support and product liability insurance on the model. Engine support costs will (are) also an increasingly big factor.
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Re: Last A340 operator

Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:46 pm

I suspect the last operator that may or may not be currently using the A340 today, but a small airline that struggles with ETOPS requirements.
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Re: Last A340 operator

Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:54 pm

I have a feeling that we'll see a couple of A340s-300s still continuing in service when all the more modern ones have been withdrawn. Rather like the way that the Douglas DC-6 and even the DC-4 managed to outlive the DC-7, and a few Vickers Viscounts managed to outlive the Vanguard by quite some time. (Was the Lockheed Starliner outlived by any earlier Constellations? I have a feeling that this happened, but I'm not sure.) It's a shame, as I felt that the A340-200 and 300 didn't look quite right with their little engines, and the 500 and 600 series were a definite aesthetic improvement.

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