Airbus A340 Orders and Deliveries

Airbus A340 Orders and Deliveries

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A340 Launch

The first Airbus A340 four-engined, long range, wide-bodied passenger transports were placed into service by Lufthansa and Air France in March of 1993.


The A340 aircraft was seen as the answer to long range flights


The A340 aircraft was seen as the answer to long range flights in the future as the older DC8 and Boeing 707 had all but disappeared from the skies.  A sleek looking airliner, it set some records which stood for many years as discussed in our History page.

The Airbus adage of 4 Engines 4 Long Haul was aimed at the upcoming twin jets like the Boeing 777 which were still seeking ETOPS certification to be able to fly their twin jets on long over water routes.  There were 4 variants of the A340 with the main difference being fuselage length but there was also extended range specs added to the later A340 500 and A340 600.

The A340 300 was the most popular version sold making up 58 percent of all A340s sold.  The advent of the fuel price hikes in 2008 ensured that the A340 was doomed to fail.  Fortunately for Airbus the A340 and the A330 shared many common designs such as fuselage and wings.  So where the A340 was deemed a failure for Airbus the A330 has been a huge success and continues to make good money for Airbus.

Kuwait Airways A340 300
Kuwait Airways A340 300 on approach to land.

Airbus A340 Launch Customers

Airbus A340 211 Lufthansa
On 02 February 1993, Lufthansa became the launch customer for the Airbus A340 200. The aircraft entered service on 15 March 1993.
Airbus A340 211 Lufthansa
On 26 February 1993, Air France as the launch customer for the Airbus A340 300 took delivery of their first aircraft.  The aircraft entered service in March
Emirates Airbus A340-500
In November 2003 the Airbus A340 500 entered service with Emirates who became the default launch customer after Air Canada filed for bankruptcy.
Claudia Nine_2 Virgin Atlantic A340 600
On 22 July 2002 Virgin Atlantic as the launch customer took delivery of their first A340 600. At a ceremony at Heathrow it was named Cloud Claudia Nine after Claudia Shiffer.

On 10 November 2011, Airbus having fulfilled all Airbus A340 orders announced that was ceasing production of this aircraft.  Almost 19 years of production were at an end.  The age of the super-sized twin jets has superseded the 4 engined jets other than the A380 Super Jumbo and the Boeing 747 8 Intercontinental.  The A340 is succeeded in the Airbus fleet by the A330 and the A350 which look to take Airbus well into the future. It is interesting to note in the table below how second hand A340s are still being picked up by smaller airlines, so as they disappear from mainstream airline stables they start turning up somewhere else.

Orders and Deliveries of the Airbus A340.

A340 Summary as at January 2019.

 Airbus A340
Total Orders377
Total Deliveries377
Aircraft in Operation265
Number of Operators53
Number of Customers48

Airbus A340s Orders and Deliveries by type.

 Breakdown by aircraftAirbus A340 200/300Airbus A340 500/600
Orders246131
Deliveries246131
In Operation135130

Airbus A340 Orders and Deliveries, broken down by airline customer.

Lufthansa was by far the biggest operator of the A340.

CUSTOMERNationalityA340 200 / A340 300A340 500 / A340 600
OrdDelOprOrdDelOpr
Gov. Exec. and Private JetsVarious77117710
AEROLINEAS ARGENTINASARGENTINA  2   
AIR ATLANTA ICELANDICICELAND  1   
AIR BELGIUMBELGIUM  4   
AIR CANADACANADA88 22 
AIR CHINACHINA33    
AIR CHINA SOUTHWEST COMPANYCHINA33    
AIR FRANCEFRANCE14146   
AIR LEISUREEGYPT  3   
AIR MADAGASCARMADAGASCAR  1   
AIR MAURITIUSMAURITIUS554   
AIR TAHITI NUIFRENCH POLYNESIA444   
AIR X CHARTERUNITED KINGDOM  1   
AJW CAPITAL PARTNERS LTDUNITED KINGDOM   22 
ARIK AIRNIGERIA   22 
AUSTRIAN AIRLINESAUSTRIA44    
AVIOR AIRLINESVENEZUELA   2   
AZERBAIJAN AIRLINESAZERBAIJAN     2
BRUSSELS AIRLINES
BELGIUM  2   
CATHAY PACIFICHONG KONG1111    
CHINA AIRLINESTAIWAN, REP. OF CHINA66    
CHINA EASTERN AIRLINESCHINA55 55 
CONVIASAVENEZUELA  1   
EDELWEISS AIRSWITZERLAND  4   
EGYPTAIREGYPT33    
EMIRATESUNITED ARAB EMIRATES   1010 
ETIHAD AIRWAYSUNITED ARAB EMIRATES   11112
EUROPEAN SKYBUSUNITED KINGDOM     9
FINNAIRFINLAND44    
FLIGHTLEASESWITZERLAND22    
GLOBAL AIRWAYSSOUTH AFRICA     2
GULF AIRBAHRAIN66    
HI FLYPORTUGAL  2  1
HI FLY MALTAMALTA  6   
IBERIASPAIN1818 161617
ILFCUNITED STATES1616 1313 
IRAN ASEMAN AIRLINEAFGHANISTAN
  1   
KAM AIRIRAN, ISLAMIC REP. OF  2   
KUWAIT AIRWAYSKUWAIT44    
LATAM AIRLINES GROUP S.ACHILE44    
LUFTHANSAGERMANY353516242424
MAHAN AIRIRAN, ISLAMIC REP. OF  5   7
Maleth AeroMalta    27
MERAJ AIRLINESIRAN   1   
OLYMPIC AIRLINESGREECE44    
PHILIPPINE AIRLINESPHILIPPINES883   
PLUS ULTRA LINEAS AEREASSPAIN  4   
QATAR AIRWAYSQATAR   444
SABENABELGIUM55    
SANDS AVIATION, LLCUNITED STATES     1
SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINESSWEDEN778   
SINGAPORE AIRLINESSINGAPORE1717 55 
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYSSOUTH AFRICA668669
SRILANKAN AIRLINESSRI LANKA33    
SURINAM AIRWAYSSURINAME  1   
SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIR LINESSWITZERLAND995   
SyrianairSyrian Arab Republic  1   
TAP PORTUGALPORTUGAL444   
THAITHAILAND   1010 
TURKISH AIRLINESTURKEY774   
U.T.A.FRANCE77    
VIRGIN ATLANTICUNITED KINGDOM77 141476
UNDISCLOSED   17  35
TOTALS246246135131131130
        

If there is more you want to learn about this airliner, please visit;  Airbus A340 Home,  Airbus A340 Specs, Airbus A340 Assembly and Airbus A340 History.

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