The Airbus A340-500
“Ultra-long range by Airbus”
Capable of flying 9,000 nautical miles with a maximum passenger payload, the A340-500 is Airbus’ longest-range jetliner. This extended flight endurance allows the A340-500 to operate many of the world’s longest commercial air routes, including direct Singapore-New York flights with durations of more than 18 hours.
As a jetliner in the A340 product line, it joins the A340-200, A340-300 and A340-600 in fully benefitting from Airbus commonality. All four aircraft can be flown with the same type rating, while the cross-crew qualification concept means pilots can more rapidly qualify for another aircraft type within the Airbus fly-by-wire product line, leading to significant cost savings.
The A340 Family aircraft have 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. This illustrates the continued appeal of an aircraft family that introduces passengers to the most modern standards of comfort whilst remaining one of the most reliable, efficient and profitable in the sky.
- Overall length: 67.93 m (222 ft 10 in)
- Cabin length: 53.56 m (175 ft 9 in)
- Fuselage width: 5.64 m (18 ft 6 in)
- Max cabin width: 5.28 m (17 ft 4 in)
- Wing span: 63.45 m (208 ft 2 in)
- Height: 17.53 m (56 ft 8 in)
- Track: 10.69 m (35 ft 1 in)
- Wheelbase: 27.59 m (90 ft 6 in)
- Max seating: 440
- Typical seating 3-class: 270-310
- LD3 capacity underfloor: 31
- Max pallet number underfloor: 10
- Water volume: 204 m3 (7 194 ft3)
- Range: 16 670 km (9,000 nm)
- Mmo: M0.86
- Max ramp weight: 381.20 tonnes (840.40 lb x 1000)
- Max take-off weight: 380.00 tonnes (837.80 lb x 1000)
- Max landing weight: 246.00 tonnes ( 542.30 lb x 1000)
- Max zero fuel weight: 232.00 tonnes (511.30 lb x 1000)
- Max fuel capacity: 222 850 litres (58 875 USG)
As I’m an A340 fan I would love to see this and more variants with a possible A340 rework. Although it’s sad the A340-500 and the A340 will disappear in the future, we could fly them in IF at least. Many governments use the A340-500 for example the government of Turkey, the government of Algeria, the government of Kuwait, Qatar Emiri Flight and the Royal Thai Air Force.
Additionally, there would be also the possibility to use it as your private jet :)
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Make sure to clear a vote for this beauty if you want to fly it in IF !