Efficient 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 around 250 to up to 475, providing extended operating ranges of up to 9,000 nautical miles.
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.
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 three days from the A330, or seven days from the A320.
Airbus fully supports the A340, allowing operators to benefit from the high level of spares and operational commonality with the best-sell
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.
The A340 offers one of the quietest cabins in the sky 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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Did you know?
- 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.