The A340-600 is the longest-fuselage jetliner ever built by Airbus, and the largest-capacity member of the A340 Family. With an overall length of 75.36 metres, it has a seating capacity for 359 passengers in a two-class layout, or 475 in high-density seating. This super-stretch aircraft provides operators with unrivalled standards of space, comfort and amenities in each class of service, along with twice the underfloor cargo capacity of comparable airliners.
Airbus’ A340-600 also is an ultra long-haul leader, with a range of 7,900 nautical miles. Equipped for the best economy on long-haul routes, the A340-600 offers unmatched operational flexibility on non-stop flights over remote areas such as oceans and mountain ranges.
The jetliner’s four Rolls-Royce Trent 500 engines use only 56,000 lbs. of their certified 60,000 lbs. of thrust, resulting in longer on-wing lives. In addition, the use of four engines – as opposed to two larger powerplants – allows for a 13 per cent reduction in maintenance costs for operators.
In addition, the A340-600’s four engines allow for operations that are not subject to ETOPS (Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards) regulations. This enables 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 also includes state-of-the-art technologies such as weight-saving composite structures; a fuel-saving aerodynamic design; along with pilot-friendly cockpits, flight controls and systems – all of which significantly enhance the A340-600’s long-range capabilities and overall cost-efficiency.
True to Airbus’ unique family concept, it also offers an exceptional degree of operational commonality with all of the company’s fly-by-wire aircraft – allowing pilots to transition from one type to another with minimum training time.