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Why Does Airbus Not Advertise The A340-600HGW?

Sun Dec 07, 2003 6:09 am

Why is it that Airbus' website is virtually devoid of any mention of the alleged A346HGW?

The only information I could find on such a model is via press clips... no official mention of its stats, specs, development, or even existence.

History has shown that Airbus is a master of propaganda... I find it extremely uncharacteristic that they wouldn't broadcast such an upcoming derivative, particularly considering that the 773ER has now eclipsed the current A346 in range as well.

...what gives?
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RE: Why Does Airbus Not Advertise The A340-600HGW?

Sun Dec 07, 2003 6:35 am

Have they launched the derivative already? I haven't heard anything specific on the plane yet.


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RE: Why Does Airbus Not Advertise The A340-600HGW?

Sun Dec 07, 2003 6:50 am

Supposedly EK's A346 orders, as well as QR's unfirm A346 orders are to be for the -HGW.

After they fixed the weight problem with the A340NG wing, a lot of mention of this derivative was made. But strangely, by just about everyone but Airbus.
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RE: Why Does Airbus Not Advertise The A340-600HGW?

Sun Dec 07, 2003 6:59 am

It's right, I have also read about the EK and QR orders being IGWs but no official statement from Airbus. Maybe they haven't finished the design improvement yet.
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RE: Why Does Airbus Not Advertise The A340-600HGW?

Sun Dec 07, 2003 8:15 am

In Boeings website they´re brag like hell about
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RE: Why Does Airbus Not Advertise The A340-600HGW?

Sun Dec 07, 2003 8:24 am

Why? Because it is only minor improvent. All -600's sold from now likely be the "HGW".
 
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RE: Why Does Airbus Not Advertise The A340-600HGW?

Sun Dec 07, 2003 9:27 am

Or maybe because they don't want to give the impression to all those current customers with the current A346 that they have a soon to be outdated A346? Big grin
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RE: Why Does Airbus Not Advertise The A340-600HGW?

Sun Dec 07, 2003 9:29 am


Why? Because it is only minor improvent


I don't think so. Why would it take three years to introduce minor improvements?
 
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Sun Dec 07, 2003 9:56 am

Dynkrisolo, he is not talking about the A340-200/300. Transwede means the difference between A346s sold so far (Iberia, South African, Virgin, Cathay, China Eastern,etc) and the future ones to be sold with the HGW.
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RE: Why Does Airbus Not Advertise The A340-600HGW?

Sun Dec 07, 2003 2:26 pm

RJpieces,

that's his point exactly. The "minor" improvements are a wing that's a ton lighter, strengthened gear, (supposedly) 250mi+ more range, etc.  Big grin
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RE: Why Does Airbus Not Advertise The A340-600HGW?

Sun Dec 07, 2003 2:33 pm

Rjpieces:

No. I wasn't talking about the upgrade from the 343 to 346. FWIW, the 345/6 was launched in 1997 and entered into service in 2002, which is five years not three years. So, obviously I was talking about the 346HGW.

The orders by EK and QR for the 346HGW was announced at the Paris Air Show this year. The first 346HGW will enter into service in 2006. Three years for minor improvements?
 
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RE: Why Does Airbus Not Advertise The A340-600HGW?

Sun Dec 07, 2003 2:41 pm

Good point Dynkrisolo;
but still, none of this does much to answer the original question... why the heck does the propaganda mistress of the aviation world refuse to advertise these improvements, particularly since firm orders are on the book?  Confused
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