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


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 per cent 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  The age of the super-sized twin jets has superseded the 4 engined jets other than the A380 Super Jumbo and the Boeing 747 8 Intercontinental.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 of July 2019.

  Airbus A340
Total Orders 377
Total Deliveries 377
Aircraft in Operation 252
Number of Operators 51
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 129 123

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 11 7 7 10
AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS ARGENTINA     2      
AIR ATLANTA ICELANDIC ICELAND     1      
AIR BELGIUM BELGIUM     4      
AIR CANADA CANADA 8 8   2 2  
AIR CHINA CHINA 3 3        
AIR CHINA SOUTHWEST COMPANY CHINA 3 3        
AIR FRANCE FRANCE 14 14 5      
AIR MADAGASCAR MADAGASCAR     1      
AIR MAURITIUS MAURITIUS 5 5 4      
AIR TAHITI NUI FRENCH POLYNESIA 4 4 3      
AIR X CHARTER UNITED KINGDOM     1      
AJW CAPITAL PARTNERS LTD UNITED KINGDOM       2 2  
ARIK AIR NIGERIA       2 2  
AUSTRIAN AIRLINES AUSTRIA 4 4        
AVIOR AIRLINES VENEZUELA      2      
AZERBAIJAN AIRLINES AZERBAIJAN           2
BRUSSELS AIRLINES
BELGIUM     1      
CATHAY PACIFIC HONG KONG 11 11        
CHINA AIRLINES TAIWAN, REP. OF CHINA 6 6        
CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES CHINA 5 5   5 5  
CONVIASA VENEZUELA     1      
EDELWEISS AIR SWITZERLAND     4      
EGYPTAIR EGYPT 3 3 3      
EMIRATES UNITED ARAB EMIRATES       10 10  
ETIHAD AIRWAYS UNITED ARAB EMIRATES       11 11 2
EUROPEAN SKYBUS UNITED KINGDOM           9
FINNAIR FINLAND 4 4        
FLIGHTLEASE SWITZERLAND 2 2        
GLOBAL AIRWAYS SOUTH AFRICA           2
GULF AIR BAHRAIN 6 6        
HI FLY PORTUGAL     2     1
HI FLY MALTA MALTA     6      
IBERIA SPAIN 18 18   16 16 17
ILFC UNITED STATES 16 16   13 13  
IRAN ASEMAN AIRLINE Islamic Republic of Iran     1      
KAM AIR Islamic Republic of Afghanistan     3      
KUWAIT AIRWAYS KUWAIT 4 4        
LATAM AIRLINES GROUP S.A CHILE 4 4        
LUFTHANSA GERMANY 35 35 16 24 24 17
MAHAN AIR IRAN, ISLAMIC REP. OF     5      7
Maleth Aero Malta           2
MERAJ AIRLINES IRAN      1      
OLYMPIC AIRLINES GREECE 4 4        
PHILIPPINE AIRLINES PHILIPPINES 8 8        
PLUS ULTRA LINEAS AEREAS SPAIN     4      
QATAR AIRWAYS QATAR       4 4 1
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
SOUTH PACIFIC AIRLINES HONG KONG     1      
SRILANKAN AIRLINES SRI LANKA 3 3        
SURINAM AIRWAYS SURINAME     1      
SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIR LINES SWITZERLAND 9 9 5      
Syrianair Syrian Arab Republic     1      
TAP PORTUGAL PORTUGAL 4 4 4      
THAI THAILAND       10 10  
TURKISH AIRLINES TURKEY 7 7 4      
U.T.A. FRANCE 7 7        
VIRGIN ATLANTIC UNITED KINGDOM 7 7   14 14 6
UNDISCLOSED       16     37
TOTALS 246 246 129 131 131 123
               

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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2 thoughts on “Airbus A340 Orders and Deliveries”

  1. Dear Sir/Madam
    Plaese correct that “Kam Air” belongs to Republic Islamic Of Afghanistan. Thanks for the notice

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