Date: 27 Aug 99 03:08:22 From: "BAP" <email@example.com> Organization: Global Network Services - Remote Access Mail & News Services References: 1 2 3
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Problem with the A340-500 is that a fuel economy guarantee penalty is essentially meaningless to the airlines. The almost sole reason to buy this airplane is for the range. If the fuel burn is higher then promised, the aircraft will be unable to make the promised range. A fuel consumption penalty won't really help the airline that has to make a technical stop while enroute from LAX-SIN. Same problem with weight. The heavier the aircraft, the higher the fuel burn. Since the airlines will be using this airplane near its range limits, an increase in MGTOW isn't going to help since range will be affected. The bottom line is that if the A340-500 can't make it year-round non-stop from LAX to BKK, SIN, and KUL, it will be dead on the drawing board. If they build it and it doesn't make the range, no one will buy it (unless they give them away for the same price as a 200 series).