Airbus A340

Airbus A340
Cathay Pacific A340-600 landing at London Heathrow Airport
RoleWide-Body Jet airliner
National originMulti-country origin
ManufacturerAirbus
First flight25 October 1991
Introduction15 March 1993 with Lufthansa
StatusNot made anymore, but still used by airlines
Primary usersLufthansa
Iberia
Virgin Atlantic
South African Airways
Produced1993-2011
Number built377
Unit costA340-200: US$87 million (1989)

A340-300: US$238.0 million (2011)A340-500: US$261.8 million (2011)A340-600: US$275.4 million (2011)

Developed fromAirbus A300
VariantsAirbus A330
Developed intoAirbus A350 XWB

The Airbus A340 is a long-range four-engined widebody commercial passenger airplane manufactured by Airbus S.A.S. a subsidiary of EADS. It is similar in design to the twin-engined A330.

There are 4 variants of this model:The A340-200 (which is the shortest), the A340-300, the A340-500 and the longest one the A340-600. The A340-600 is the second longest passenger plane in the world.

Having four engines, the A340 uses more fuel than many other aircrafts.However, that also mean it does not have to pass the ETOPS(extended range twin operations)test to fly long range.

The Airbus A340 is no longer in production as it was replaced by the more efficient Airbus A350 XWB.


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