Airbus launched the A340-200 in 1987 as a new-generation aircraft ideal for long and thin routes, with a special emphasis on travel over water and across remote areas far from airports. It entered into commercial service in March 1993, and is powered by four efficient CFM International CFM56-5C4 engines that provide a thrust of 34,000 lb.
As the A340 Family’s shortest-fuselage member, the A340-200 has a capacity of around 250 passengers in a typical layout. With its optimal range of 6,700 nautical miles, this jetliner allows airlines to open long-range, direct routes between city pairs that previously needed intermediate stops. It is also capable of flying some of the most challenging routes existing in aviation today.