Lufthansa's A340-300 arriving in Montreal after a long flight from Munich. D-AIMF is now flying for Air Namibia in Africa.
*Airplanes 101* (See Airplanes 101 Set)
Name: Airbus A340 (A340-200, A340-300, A340-500, A340-600)
Manufacturer: Airbus Industries Europe (France/Germany)
Main Role: High capacity, long - very long range mainline jetliner
Basic design: Four engined, double aisle wide body jet. Airframe based on the A300.
Capacity: Roughly Between -200: 260-300 pax , -300: 300-335 pax, -500: 315 pax, -600: 375 passengers
Range: 13800km for A340-200, 12400km for A340-300, 15700km for A340-500, 13700km for A340-600
First delivery date: 1993 (A340-300), 1992 (A340-200), 2002 (A340-500), 2002 (A340-600)
Still in production in 2006: Yes
Easily confused for: Airbus A330, IL-86, IL-96, DC-8, 707
Main idenifying points: Look for the "Airbus" cockpit windows, four engines (small ones on the -200/-300 series, more standard looking larger ones on the -500/-600 series), large upward swept winglets & a classic Airbus tail & tailcone. Other than the 747 and IL86/96 it's one of the few 4-engined wide body jets around. If it has 4 engines and no hump on the front it's more than likely an A340. The IL86/96 is less common and is quite similar in shape but they have a very high pointy tail and a short less pronounced aircone and are flown almost exclusively by Russian airlines. The A340-500/600 both have a 4 wheeled middle undercarriage along wth the ones under each wing. The A340-600 has the longest fuselage of any standard airliner so hard to not identify.
Examples of Main Operators: Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Iberia, Philippine Airlines, Olympic, SAS, Lufthansa, Swiss, Turkish Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, TAP, South African, Air Jamaica, BWIA en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Airbus_A340_operators
For more pics of A340 aircraft see the Airbus A340 group here at Flickr.