Personally I’m suprised they never redesigned this to be a 2 engine plane... 777 launched in 94. 17 years and they didn’t do jack to compete with the 777?
Maybe they did and the airframe would have had to have had too much rework to justify the expense.
I feel sorry for Airbus, the only reason Boeing beat them in design was that the US government gave them green loans. Maybe if France and would subsidize Airbus, they could become green and design a two engine plane (/ sarcasm).
posted on 11/10/2011 8:58:43 AM PST
by 11th Commandment
Decided to put all their effort into the A380 I suppose.
posted on 11/10/2011 9:01:51 AM PST
No problem! Just take two engines off the 340 and haul only really skinny people.
posted on 11/10/2011 9:15:59 AM PST
(You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
I have a pilot friend, and he said the cost and trouble of maintaining 4 engines vs. 2 is a BIG deal.
posted on 11/10/2011 9:17:33 AM PST
(I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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