Flying on an A340 for the first time. I have been on everything Boeing but never an Airbus of this caliber. Any cool facts? Didn't find anything interesting on the interweb
Worked on them a while before our airline retired them. The A340 has a small landing gear under the belly between the main landing gear, whereas the A330 doesn't. Overall, they're great reliable aircraft, nobody has ever died from a crash on a 340. The cockpits are pretty similar to the smaller 318/19/20/21 series, with only a few small differences. They were pretty easy to work on, but the 330s are easier. Most people I work with enjoy working on any airbus planes, since the maintenance is fairly easy and straightforward. That probably contributes to their reliability.
2004 EVO RS
On a 747, when it is taken off of jacks there are several places on the upper aft body that are oil canned until the next time the airframe is pressurized and then all those places pop back out. So ya, all aluminum aircraft do flex.
I would imagine the flexing is a lot more noticeable on longer aircraft.
Last edited by stratclub; 07-08-2012 at 12:39 AM.
Well, I can say that the flight there on the A340 was much less desireable than on the 763. I don't know what it is about Air France's seats but there was hardly any room between them. They make up for this with a pretty significant recline.
The seat set up on the Boeing was just much more favorable.
My first flight on an A340 was not worth writing home about, perhaps if it was an A346 instead of an A343...
I've flown on Air France's A340-300 and also Air Tahiti Nui A340-200 and A340-300, I'd take ATN's coach, or business, or first class over AF's anyday !!!