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  • Airbus halts production of long-haul A340 plane

    11/10/2011 8:44:29 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Airbus halts production of long-haul A340 plane AFP | Nov 10, 2011, 06.07PM IST PARIS: European planemaker Airbus said today it was abandoning production of its A340 long-haul four-engine aircraft, which failed to compete with Boeing's 777. "We have accepted reality. We have not sold any A340s for nearly two years," Airbus finance director Hans Peter Ring said during a presentation on the third-quarter results of Airbus parent company EADS. The abandoning of the programme will allow Airbus to write back into its books a provision of 192 million euros ($261 million) it had made on the programme. The A340...
  • Pilot error blamed for Emirates near disaster at Melbourne Airport

    12/19/2009 2:00:49 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 33 replies · 1,256+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 19th December 2009 | Ben Packham and Geoff Easdown
    A NEAR disaster involving an Emirates jet at Melbourne Airport was the result of human error by two apparently alert pilots, air safety investigators believe. The March 20 scare, when an Airbus A340 struggled to get airborne, was caused by an "inadvertent" keystroke on a flight computer. The error meant the Dubai-bound aircraft was flown on the basis that it was carrying 100 tonnes less than it actually was, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said. Its tail hit the runway five times during a botched takeoff. The ATSB's interim report said the first officer "inadvertently inserted a takeoff weight of...
  • Carriers ponder compensation claims against Airbus for overweight aircraft

    04/06/2007 7:13:26 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 30 replies · 1,191+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | April 7, 2007 | David Robertson
    Airlines are considering suing Airbus after the aircraft manufacturer warned them that the front-end of the A340-600 was dangerously overweight, The Times has learnt. The problem is caused by heavier than expected first and business-class areas and airlines have been told to reduce the amount of cargo they carry to rebalance the aircraft. The first and business class sections on some A340600s are so heavy that they are pushing the jet’s nose down during flight, which can play havoc with the aerodynamics and potentially endanger passengers and crew. Flying nose down also increases drag off the wings and forces...
  • Emirates cancels order for 10 Airbus A340 planes (AFP)

    10/27/2006 6:28:19 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 33 replies · 1,088+ views
    Khaleej Times ^ | 27 October 2006 | Staff
    LONDON - Emirates airline has cancelled an order for 10 long-range Airbus A340-600 planes plus the option of 10 more, its president Tim Clark told reporters gathered at Heathrow airport on Friday. Clark said the decision had been taken because the Dubai-based carrier believed the A340 lacked the technology offered by more up-to-date planes. He added that the order had been taken up by a third party.
  • Emirates CEO Says Airline May Switch A340 Order To A380s

    04/14/2006 10:31:00 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 14 replies · 404+ views
    Aero-News.net ^ | 14 Apr 2006
    Emirates CEO Says Airline May Switch A340 Order To A380s Fri, 14 Apr '06 Had Deferred On Orders To Wait For More Efficient Plane It wasn't their first choice... but it's better than nothing. That's the latest word from the chairman of Emirates, who told reporters earlier this week the Dubai-based airline may convert its orders for the slow-selling Airbus A340-600 model (below) to the upcoming A380 superjumbo. As Aero-News reported last month, Emirates initially told Airbus the carrier would defer its orders for the so-called "High Gross Weight" version of the four-engined A340-600, while Airbus took another look at...
  • Why Airbus Can't Glide on 2005. (Airwars)

    01/18/2006 3:02:24 AM PST · by lowbuck · 30 replies · 928+ views
    Business Week Online ^ | January 17, 2006 | Carol Matlack
    Airbus has done it again. On Jan. 17, the European planemaker reported that it booked 1,055 net aircraft orders in 2005, just ahead of the 1,002 logged by Boeing in a record-breaking sales year for both companies.
  • Airbus facing pressure to update A340: report

    01/16/2006 9:54:09 AM PST · by Righty_McRight · 24 replies · 933+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Jan. 16, 2006
    PARIS (Reuters) - European plane maker Airbus (EAD.PA) is expected to announce record sales and aircraft output for 2005 on Tuesday but could be forced to update the four-engine A340 to fight U.S. rival's Boeing's 777, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The three versions of the Airbus A340 won only 15 orders in the 11 months to November, according to the most recent figures Airbus published, the paper said. The two-engine A330-300 also won 15 orders. But Boeing's (NYSE:BA - news) competing 777 models won 154 orders last year. Airlines say that the 777 is beating the A340...
  • FAA proposal could level playing field in long-haul flying

    12/17/2002 1:11:48 PM PST · by zingzang · 8 replies · 228+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 12/17/02 | David Bowermaster
    By David Bowermaster Seattle Times aerospace reporter One of the few perceived weaknesses of the Boeing 777 relative to its Airbus competition could be eliminated if the federal government adopts a proposal made yesterday to extend rules governing long-haul operations of twin-engine jets to three- and four-engine aircraft. Such a policy shift by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would force the four-engine Airbus A340 and the Boeing 747 to meet the same safety requirements as the twin-engine 777. Such a leveling of the regulatory playing field could help Boeing extend the 777's already considerable sales lead over the A340, particularly...