|Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 94):|
In my mind this airplane was a failure. It does nothing extra that anything else in it's class can also do, but it costs more to do the same thing.
By that criteria, many other fine aircraft are failures too.
If there wasn't a time when the A340 DID do something extra in its class, it would never have survived.
But it's abundantly clear that the bulk of A-netters seem unable to position the A340 in the Journey that Airbus made from being a "niche political entity" to become arguably "the world's number one airframer", or if that's too rich, the "equal number one airframer".
Particularly from the point of view of how Airbus leveraged the engineering input to rapidly develop a whole family of widebodys, effectively from the A300.....
As a strategy, it's success is there for all to see.
|Quoting SCL767 (Reply 72):|
After an absence of almost 20 months, LAN Airlines will operate the A-340-313X a/c into the U.S. The A-340-313X will operate non-stop flights between SCL and LAX starting next week.
Thanks for that beautiful photo.
If I'm honest with myself, I think my all-time favourite flight was a LAN A340 from SCL- AKL
Smooth, quiet, ... beautiful