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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  The age of the super-sized twin jets has superseded the 4 engined jets other than the A380 Super Jumbo and the Boeing 747 8 Intercontinental.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.

Orders and Deliveries of the Airbus A340.

A340 Summary

Airbus A340
Total Orders 377
Total Deliveries 377
Aircraft in Operation 330
Number of Operators 49
Number of Customers 48

Airbus A340s Orders and Deliveries by type.

 Breakdown by aircraft Airbus A340 200/300 Airbus A340 500/600
Orders 246 131
Deliveries 246 131
In Operation 200 130

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

Lufthansa was by far the biggest operator of the A340.

CUSTOMER Nationality A340 200 / A340 300 A340 500 / A340 600
Ord Del Opr Ord Del Opr
Gov. Exec. and Private Jets Various 7 7 13 7 7 7
AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS ARGENTINA 11
AIRASIA X MALAYSIA 2
AIR ATLANTA ICELANDIC ICELAND 1
AIR CANADA CANADA 8 8 2 2
AIR CHINA CHINA 3 3
AIR CHINA SOUTHWEST COMPANY CHINA 3 3
AIR FRANCE FRANCE 14 14 13
AIR LEISURE EGYPT 3
AIR MADAGASCAR MADAGASCAR 1
AIR MAURITIUS MAURITIUS 5 5 6
AIR TAHITI NUI FRENCH POLYNESIA 4 4 5
AJW CAPITAL PARTNERS LTD UNITED KINGDOM 2 2
AL NASER AIRLINES IRAQ 1 6
ARIK AIR NIGERIA 2 2
AUSTRIAN AIRLINES AUSTRIA 4 4
AZERBAIJAN AIRLINES AZERBAIJAN 2
CATHAY PACIFIC HONG KONG 11 11 8
CHINA AIRLINES TAIWAN, REP. OF CHINA 6 6 6
CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES CHINA 5 5 5 5
CONVIASA VENEZUELA 1
EGYPTAIR EGYPT 3 3
EMIRATES UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 4 10 10 9
ETIHAD AIRWAYS UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 11 11 11
FINNAIR FINLAND 4 4 7
FLIGHTLEASE SWITZERLAND 2 2
GULF AIR BAHRAIN 6 6
HI FLY PORTUGAL 2 2
HI FLY MALTA MALTA 1 1
IBERIA SPAIN 18 18 8 16 16 17
ILFC UNITED STATES 16 16 13 13
IRAN ASEMAN AIRLINE IRAN, ISLAMIC REP. OF 1
KUWAIT AIRWAYS KUWAIT 4 4 4
LATAM AIRLINES GROUP S.A CHILE 4 4 3
LUFTHANSA GERMANY 35 35 18 24 24 24
MAHAN AIR IRAN, ISLAMIC REP. OF 3
OLYMPIC AIRLINES GREECE 4 4
PHILIPPINE AIRLINES PHILIPPINES 8 8 6
PLUS ULTRA LINEAS AEREAS SPAIN 2
QATAR AIRWAYS QATAR 4 4 4
SABENA BELGIUM 5 5
SANDS AVIATION, LLC UNITED STATES 1
SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES SWEDEN 7 7 8
SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE 17 17 5 5
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS SOUTH AFRICA 6 6 8 6 6 9
SRILANKAN AIRLINES SRI LANKA 3 3 6
SURINAM AIRWAYS SURINAME 1
SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIR LINES SWITZERLAND 9 9 15
TAP PORTUGAL PORTUGAL 4 4 4
THAI THAILAND 10 10
TURKISH AIRLINES TURKEY 7 7 6
U.T.A. FRANCE 7 7
VIRGIN ATLANTIC UNITED KINGDOM 7 7 2 14 14 11
UNDISCLOSED 20 26
TOTALS 246 246 200 131 131 130

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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