COMFORT AND RANGEEdit
The A340-500 combines performance, comfort and capacity for highly efficient ultra long-haul operations. In a two-class cabin arrangement, this version of Airbus’ four-engine A340 Family seats 282 passengers, and its cabin flexibility enables seat pitch to be adapted in units of one inch – while galleys, lavatories and stowage can be located in different numbers, groupings and locations.
With a range of up to 9,000 nautical miles, the A340-500 can operate some of the world’s longest non-stop routes, including direct Singapore-New York flights with durations of nearly 19 hours.
THE MID-SIZED A340Edit
As a jetliner in the A340 product line, it joins the A340-200, A340-300 and A340-600 in fully benefitting from Airbus commonality. All four aircraft can be flown with the same type rating, while the cross-crew qualification concept means pilots can more rapidly qualify for another aircraft type within the Airbus flyby-wire product line, leading to significant cost savings.
Airbus keeps the A340-500 and the other members of its A340 Family updated to meet market requirements and the evolution of technology. This includes state-of-the-art cabin features for passengers, along with advanced navigation aids and new capabilities such as the electronic flight bag for pilots.
The A340’s optimised 222-inch fuselage cross-section gives airlines the cabin versatility to match market requirements, from ultra high-comfort premium seating to economy class layouts in seven-, eight- and nine-abreast layouts. Below the main deck, the A340-500’s large cargo holds accepts a full range of freight, including industry-standard LD3 containers in side-by-side loading. The A340-500’s forward hold accommodates 18 LD3s or six 96-inch pallets, while the aft hold takes 12 LD3s or four 96-inch pallets.