Re: A330-300HGW

Date:         10 Jun 97 00:34:59 
From:         Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang)
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In article <airliners.1997.1211@ohare.Chicago.COM>,
Niels Sampath <niels@lofgren.demon.co.uk> wrote:
>won't the new A340-500 have a new wing?...hence new wing for A330HGW.
>If the A340 new wing is designed for 4-engines-only then that would be a
>prob....does anyone know?

Yes, a new wing for the A340-500, but no new wing for the A330 HGW.
For the A330 to get to the range of a B777-200IGW, it will also need
a 90,000lb-thrust engine.  Four classes of engine for the A330/340
family... I don't think so!  All along, Airbus argued that airlines want
the four-engine configuration for the long-haul aircraft.  I doubt Airbus
will launch an ultra-long-range twin any time soon.