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Name A-340-500
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 9
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi
Position Underwing mounted
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 5

Manufacturered as:

AIRBUS A-340-500
AIRBUS Prestige (A-340-500)
AIRBUS A-340-500 Prestige

AIRBUS A-340-500

AIRBUS A-340-500 AIRBUS A-340-500 3D


Ultra long range wide-body airliner. Entered commercial service in end 2002 with Air Canada. Stretched development of A340-300. It has the longest range within the A330/340 family of aircraft. Total of 38 aircraft ordered, 26 are in sevice (May 2008). The A345 is member of the A340 family of aircraft.

Technical Data

Wing span 63.45 m208.169 ft <br />
Length 67.93 m222.867 ft <br />
Height 17.28 m56.693 ft <br />
Powerplant 4 x R-R Trent 553 (236kN) turbofans.
Engine model Rolls-Royce Trent 500

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 480 kts MACH 0.81 IAS 290 kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) 160 kts
Distance 3200 m ROC 1500 ft/min ROC 1200 ft/min ROC 1000 ft/min ROC 600 ft/min MACH 0.82 ROD 1000 ft/min ROD 2000 ft/min MCS 210 kts Distance 1920 m
MTOW 372000372,000 kg <br />372 tonnes <br /> kg Ceiling FL410 ROD ft/min APC D
WTC H Range 90009,000 nm <br />16,668,000 m <br />16,668 km <br />54,685,039.41 ft <br /> NM

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving A345

  • A332/A345, Khartoum Sudan, 2010 (On 30 September 2010, an A330-200 was about to take off from Khartoum at night in accordance with its clearance when signalling from a hand-held flashlight and a radio call from another aircraft led to this not taking place. The other (on-stand) aircraft crew had found that they had been hit by the A330 as it had taxied past en route to the runway. The Investigation found that although there was local awareness that taxiway use and the provision of surface markings at Khartoum did not ensure safe clearance between aircraft, this was not being communicated by NOTAM or ATIS.)
  • A345, Melbourne Australia, 2009 (On 20 March 2009 an Airbus A340-500, operated by Emirates, commenced a take-off roll for a normal reduced-thrust take-off on runway 16 at Melbourne Airport. The attempt to get the aircraft airborne resulted in a tail strike and an overrun because insufficient thrust had been set based upon an incorrect flight crew data entry.)

Further Reading