• The A340-300 (shown here with CFM International engines) features one of the quietest cabins in the sky – a key element for passenger comfort on operations.

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    Airbus’ A340-300 (shown here with CFM International engines) has a service range of 7,400 nautical miles and is tailored to meet the needs of the 300-seat long-range market.

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    The Airbus A340-300 in flight, equipped with CFM engines.

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    The Airbus A340-300 in flight, equipped with CFM engines.

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    Shown here with Rolls-Royce engines, the A340-500 features cargo holds that accept a full range of freight, including industry-standard LD3 containers in side-by-side loading.

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    The A340-500 (shown here with Rolls-Royce engines) combines performance, comfort and capacity for ultra long-haul operations.

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    The A340-500 (shown here with Rolls-Royce engines) operates on some of the world’s longest non-stop routes, including direct Singapore-Los Angeles flights with durations of nearly 19 hours.

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    Inside the A340 cockpit

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    The A340-600’s four engines configuration (shown here with Rolls-Royce engines) allows airlines to fly more direct routes – even long distances over water or on segments far from airports – saving travel time and cutting fuel consumption.

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    The A340-600 (shown here with Rolls-Royce engines) is the longest-fuselage jetliner ever built by Airbus, and the largest-capacity member of the A340 Family.

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    Four Rolls-Royce Trent 500 engines power the A340-600, which use only 56,000 lbs. of their certified 60,000 lbs. of thrust, resulting in longer on-wing lives.

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A340 Family

Efficent lift for the long haul

The A340 has earned its reputation as a true globe-trotter – flying some of the world’s longest and most demanding routes while providing superior operating economics – even in challenging “hot and high” conditions – and excellent passenger comfort.

The four-engine A340 has greater range at lower cost than other long-range widebody commercial jetliners and the aircraft’s extended reach and spacious interior also tailors it for VVIP and government use with highly discerning customers. 

There are four variants in Airbus’ A340 Family: the A340-200, A340-300, A340-500 and A340-600. With the jetliners’ different fuselage lengths, this product line accommodates from 240 to 359 passengers in highly comfortable two-class cabin configurations, providing extended operating ranges of up to 9,000 nautical miles.

Proven performer

Powered by four engines, the A340 operates independent of restrictions that apply to twin-jet airliners, allowing direct flights to destinations – even on extended over-water routes and across unforgiving terrain.  It also enables operations from airports at high altitudes and climatic conditions that would be off-limits to other aircraft.

The A340 has amassed some impressive numbers: Over 600 million passengers have flown well over 20 million flight hours and 2.5 million flight cycles with airlines flying A340s as long as 16 hours per day. Over 370 A340s have been ordered. 

Family traits

As a member of Airbus’ modern aircraft product line, A340s enjoy full advantages from the company’s jetliner family strategy, including its application of digital fly-by-wire controls and a modern cockpit. Utilising the same basic fuselage and wing as Airbus’ twin-engine A330, the A340 shares similar airframe structures, components and systems – providing a true aircraft family with different versions to meet operators’ varied requirements.

This system and operational commonality applied across the company’s product line facilitates the support and maintenance of A340s worldwide, while ensuring access to a wide base of qualified pilots who are rated on Airbus’ fly-by-wire aircraft. Qualified pilots can transfer to the A340 in two days from the A330, or seven days form the A320. 

Airbus fully supports the A340, allowing operators to benefit from the high level of spares and operational commonality with the best-sell

Continued improvement

Backed by the resources of Airbus, the A340 has been continuously improved ensuring the continued value that users expect – proven by the 99 per cent operational reliability.

Sharing the same technology and as part of the same industrial programme as the best-selling widebody the A330, the A340 is built around modern technology.

In addition, Airbus  has introduced performance improvement packages, increases in operating weights, greater fuel capacity, new manufacturing techniques, more powerful engines specifically for the A340 and is working with certification authorities to increase the maximum passenger capacity of the A340-600.

Modern comfort

The A340 offers the quietest cabin in the sky after the A380 and provides some of the most comfortable environments aloft, well suited for long- and ultra-long haul flights of up to 18 hours. Passengers enjoy the spaciousness of Airbus’ true widebody 222-inch cross-section, with designed-in cabin flexibility for customised cabin interiors. 

To meet the evolving needs of today’s passengers, Airbus has designed the A340 Family’s widebody cabin for the modern standard of comfort – an 18-inch wide seat in economy class, as well as flexible premium class offerings. This ensures the aircraft remains suited to meet the requirements of travellers well into the future.  

Spacious lower-deck holds

The A340 has significant cargo capacity in lower holds sized for everything from industry-standard LD3 containers and 96-inch pallets to generous bulk cargo areas.  The A340 can accommodate up to 25 tonnes of cargo capacity and 10-14 full-sized pallet positions, depending on the model. 

Additional opportunities are provided through the possibility of installing a lower-deck crew rest area in the bulk cargo zone, or using a removable mobile crew rest facility integrated on a 96-inch pallet.  Other opportunities include positioning lavatories and galleys in the cargo hold area, freeing up the main-deck for additional seating.

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  • The A340-600 is the longest-fuselage aircraft in the Airbus jetliner family.
  • Airlines have innovative choices in centre overhead bins for luggage stowage: standard bins for greater volume; articulated bins for a higher ceiling; or no bins at all.
  • The A340-500 has flown some of the world's longest non-stop air routes, such as Singapore to Los Angeles.