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RR Trent turbofans
4 x 56,000 lbs. ea.
247 ft. 1 in.
208 ft. 2 in.
The Airbus A340 was intended to compete with American Jumbo Jets with regards to passenger seating and range.
The Airbus A340 model 600 first took to the sky on April 23 2001. It has the second longest fuselage of any aircraft in the world and the longest of any Airbus aircraft. Four more wheels than other A340 series aircraft have been added to the landing gear to help spread out the aircraft's additional weight.
The four engines of the Airbus A340 operate at slightly less than their maximum certified power for additional efficiency and longer life. Airbus tells us that four smaller engines can be maintained at a lower cost than two larger ones. Four engine operation allows the airplane to fly more direct routes than twin engine aircraft due to restrictive twin engine regulations.
All Airbus A340 series aircraft share similar cockpit designs, avionics, and fly-by-wire controls. This allows pilots to fly other aircraft in the series with less time training.
A total of 377 Airbus A340 aircraft of all types were produced. With the lower cost of fuel and the development of more fuel efficient, reliable engines, airlines have switched to the use of twin engine aircraft.
RC Aerodyne's Airbus A340 features a glass fibre fuselage. It has a wingspan of 65 1/2 in. and length of 55 in. Power is by four 60 mm fans.
The Airbus A340 from EDF model has a 77 1/2 in. wingspan and is 87 in. long. Its fuselage is glass fibre and its wings are wooden b/u. Power comes from 60 mm fans.
You can find the Airbus A340 build thread at RC Groups posted by Airbuzz. His Airbus A340 has a length and wingspan of 106 in. It is made from Depron and uses four 75 mm fans for power. Weight is only about 4 3/4 lbs.