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The A340-400X?


New aircraft ideas from aircraft and engine manufacturers come and go all the time. Some eventually see reality, but many of them don't. Here's one that never made it beyond the drawing board.

The A340-400X was a concept being pitched to airlines by Airbus around 1991. It was a simple 12-frame, 20 ft 10 in stretch of the A340-300, raising typical three-class capacity from the A340-300's 295 passengers to 335 passengers. Maximum takeoff weight was bumped up from 553,360 lbs. to 588,600 lbs. while range decreased approximately 750nm to 5,900nm.

Airlines apparently never warmed up to the idea and the concept was shelved. No new A340 variant came into production until 1997 when Virgin Atlantic Airways ordered the A340-600.

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