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AIRBUS A-340-200

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Name A-340-200
Manufacturer AIRBUS
Body Wide
Wing Fixed Wing
Position Low wing
Tail Regular tail, mid set
WTC Heavy
Type code L4J
Aerodrome Reference Code 4E
RFF Category 8
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi
Position Underwing mounted
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 5

Manufacturered as:

AIRBUS A-340-200
AIRBUS A-340-200 Prestige
AIRBUS Prestige (A-340-200)

AIRBUS A-340-200

AIRBUS A-340-200 AIRBUS A-340-200 3D


Long to ultra long range wide-body airliner. Initially known as A-340-8000 with additional tanks and underfloor passenger sleepers for ultra long range. Programme was launched in 1987 as a combined programme with the A330, differing mainly in number of engines and in engine related systems. The A340 had its first flight on the 25th of October 1991 and entered service with Lufthansa in January 1993. Total of 247 aircraft ordered (series 200 and 300) - 236 in operation (August 2006). The A342 is member of the A340 family of aircraft.

Technical Data

Wing span 60.3 m197.835 ft
Length 59.4 m194.882 ft
Height 16.8 m55.118 ft
Powerplant 4 x CFM56-5C4 (141kN) or
4 x CFM 56-5C3 (147kN) turbofans.
Engine model CFM International CFM56

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) 145 kts IAS 175 kts IAS 290 kts IAS 290 kts MACH 0.81 TAS 490 kts MACH 0.81 IAS 290 kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) 150 kts
Distance 2765 m ROC 1500 ft/min ROC 1200 ft/min ROC 1000 ft/min ROC 700 ft/min MACH 0.82 ROD 1000 ft/min ROD 2000 ft/min MCS 210 kts Distance 1765 m
MTOW 275000275,000 kg
275 tonnes
Ceiling FL410 ROD ft/min APC C
WTC H Range 67006,700 nm
12,408,400 m
12,408.4 km
40,709,973.783 ft

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving A342

  • A342, Perth Australia, 2005 (On 24 April 2005, an Airbus A340-200 landed short of the temporarily displaced runway threshold at Perth in good daylight visibility despite their prior awareness that there was such a displacement. The Investigation concluded that the crew had failed to correctly identify the applicable threshold markings because the markings provided were insufficiently clear to them and probably also because of the inappropriately low intensity setting of the temporary PAPI. No other Serious Incidents were reported during the same period of runway works.)

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