The Airbus A340-600

Lufthansa A340-600 in Munich


Flies 380 passengers in a three-class cabin layout over 7,500 nautical miles (13,900 km).

The Airbus A340-600 is powered by four 56,000 lbf (249 kN) thrust Rolls-Royce Trent 556 turbofans. 

Virgin Atlantic (launch customer) began commercial services in August, 2002.

The A340-600 in 2009 can be found in the fleet of: Lufthansa (24) , IBERIA (13), Virgin Atlantic,  Thai (6), ...
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The A340-600 has the same power as the engines of the A340-500. It also has an additional four-wheel undercarriage on the fuselage centre-line to cope with the increase of the weight.

It's more than 10 m longer than a basic A340-300, making it with 75,3 m more than four metres longer than a Boeing 747-400. more than 10 m longer than a basic A340-300, making it with 75,3 m more than four metres longer than a Boeing 747-400.

The initial seven A340-600 aircraft were delivered with overweight wings. Virgin Atlantic elected to receive replacement aircraft. The initial airframes were delivered at a reduced price to Iberia Airlines and Cathay Pacific.

By november 2005 some 48 A340-600 had been delivered to: Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, South African, Iberia, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern airlines, Thai (6), .... with 76 more aircraft on order.

By january 2006 the total amount of orders had reached 116, but orders had stalled in 2005. The direct Boeing equivalent is the 777-300ER, which was first delivered in 2004, sold much better as it's lighter, uses less fuel and has only 2 engines. 

By september 2006 already 60 A340-600 had been deliverd, but total orders stood at 116. It seems that after november 2005, some A340-600 orders have been cancelled.

By october 2006 total orders stood at 114, with 65 deliverd. Again it seems orders have been cancelled.

By december 2006 some 69 A340-600 had been delivered.

In december 2006 the Airbus A340-600 suddenly got 7 additional orders from Lufthansa. Nico Buchholz, Senior Vice President Corporate Fleet, Deutsche Lufthansa AG said: "The aircraft play an active role in Lufthansa's ecological contribution to lower fuel consumption and reduced noise emissions".

By august 2007 the Airbus website mentioned 77 deliverd A340-600 and total orders of 108, which is less than a year earlier (some airlines must have cancelled heir order), while Boeing was taking in plenty of orders for the 777-300ER.

By 2014 most airlines still fly their A340-600 airliners, but there have been no new orders since many years.


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