Outstanding range capability
With a service range of 7,400 nautical miles, Airbus’ A340-300 is tailored to meet the needs of the 275-300-seat long-range market – offering direct point-to-point services and increased flight frequencies at lower costs.
It thrives in many market environments and often forms a key part of a larger international operation with major and flagship carriers, operating along with other A330 or A340 models. As flagships with smaller airlines, A340-300s provide vital long-range links to and from less populous cities; while serving as a cost-effective 275- 300-seat long-range complement for operators of A320 Family aircraft.
As a result of its four engines, the A340-300 does not require any ETOPS (Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards) certification – allowing for quick start-up of long-haul operations. It also has good ‘hot and high’ capability at airports that would be off-limits to other aircraft.
The A340-300 provides the best economy in its class, reaching a 5 per cent lower fuel per trip compared to competing aircraft.
Innovation and efficiency
Like all members of Airbus’ family of modern jetliners, the A340-300 features a number of key innovations, including fly-by-wire flight controls, which bring increased flight protection as well as weight and cost savings; advanced weight-saving materials such as carbon fibre; and fuel-saving aerodynamics. Commonality with Airbus’ family of fly-by-wire jetliners also brings important reductions in training and maintenance costs, providing customers with an important competitive advantage.
The A340-300 demonstrates outstanding environmental efficiencies, including low fuel burn and reduced engine emissions, while its reduced noise signature comfortably meets international standards.
Cabin & cargo flexibility
The four-engine A340-300 features one of the quietest cabins in the sky, a key element for relaxing long-haul operations with 275-300 passengers in a typical configuration, or up to 440 travellers in a high-density arrangement. The A340-300 cabin allows for a wide variety of customised interiors, providing excellent versatility for operators of this widebody Airbus jetliner.
Under the main deck, the A340’s large cargo holds provide voluminous capacity for extra revenue.
With large cargo doors standard, it is able to take industry-standard LD3 containers in side-by-side loading. The A340-300’s forward hold accommodates six 96-inch pallets or 18 LD3 containers, while the aft hold accepts 14 LD3s or a mix of three 96-inch pallets and two 88-inch pallets.