(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
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
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
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.