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  The age of the super-sized twin jets has superseded the 4 engined jets other than the A380 Super Jumbo and the Boeing 747 8 Intercontinental.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 disapear from mainstream airline stables they start turning up somewhere else.

Orders and Deliveries of the Airbus A340.

A340 Summary as at September 2018.

Airbus A340
Total Orders377
Total Deliveries377
Aircraft in Operation265
Number of Operators52
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 ARGENTINASARGENTINA2
AIR ATLANTA ICELANDICICELAND1
AIR BELGIUMBELGIUM4
AIR CANADACANADA8822
AIR CHINACHINA33
AIR CHINA SOUTHWEST COMPANYCHINA33
AIR FRANCEFRANCE14146
AIR LEISUREEGYPT3
AIR MADAGASCARMADAGASCAR1
AIR MAURITIUSMAURITIUS555
AIR TAHITI NUIFRENCH POLYNESIA445
AIR X CHARTERUNITED KINGDOM1
AJW CAPITAL PARTNERS LTDUNITED KINGDOM22
ARIK AIRNIGERIA22
AUSTRIAN AIRLINESAUSTRIA44
AVIOR AIRLINESVENEZUELA 2
AZERBAIJAN AIRLINESAZERBAIJAN2
BRUSSELS AIRLINES
BELGIUM2
CATHAY PACIFICHONG KONG1111
CHINA AIRLINESTAIWAN, REP. OF CHINA66
CHINA EASTERN AIRLINESCHINA5555
CONVIASAVENEZUELA1
EDELWEISS AIRSWITZERLAND4
EGYPTAIREGYPT33
EMIRATESUNITED ARAB EMIRATES1010
ETIHAD AIRWAYSUNITED ARAB EMIRATES11113
EUROPEAN SKYBUSUNITED KINGDOM9
FINNAIRFINLAND44
FLIGHTLEASESWITZERLAND22
GLOBAL AIRWAYSSOUTH AFRICA2
GULF AIRBAHRAIN66
HI FLYPORTUGAL21
HI FLY MALTAMALTA6
IBERIASPAIN1818161617
ILFCUNITED STATES16161313
IRAN ASEMAN AIRLINEAFGHANISTAN
1
KAM AIRIRAN, ISLAMIC REP. OF2
KUWAIT AIRWAYSKUWAIT44
LATAM AIRLINES GROUP S.ACHILE44
LUFTHANSAGERMANY353516242424
MAHAN AIRIRAN, ISLAMIC REP. OF5 7
MERAJ AIRLINESIRAN 1
OLYMPIC AIRLINESGREECE44
PHILIPPINE AIRLINESPHILIPPINES885
PLUS ULTRA LINEAS AEREASSPAIN3
QATAR AIRWAYSQATAR444
SABENABELGIUM55
SANDS AVIATION, LLCUNITED STATES1
SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINESSWEDEN778
SINGAPORE AIRLINESSINGAPORE171755
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYSSOUTH AFRICA668669
SRILANKAN AIRLINESSRI LANKA33
SURINAM AIRWAYSSURINAME1
SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIR LINESSWITZERLAND995
TAP PORTUGALPORTUGAL444
THAITHAILAND1010
TURKISH AIRLINESTURKEY774
U.T.A.FRANCE77
VIRGIN ATLANTICUNITED KINGDOM7714146
UNDISCLOSED1435
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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