aemoreira1981 wrote:Plus it was introduced right as the B77W was announced. Many airlines waited for that, seeing that as a better belly cargo bird. Only 131 combined of both types got built. Also, and this is especially true for the A340-500---it's way too heavy a plane (372t---380t for the Kingfisher NTUs) with too small a capacity in passenger type and heavier than the B77L (which is 348t). The reason why the A340-300 flies until end of life is because it isn't too big if converted to a mostly-Y configuration; its costs are similar to that of a B777-200ER but with smaller engines.
Indeed. I made a thread about this a few years ago and this was the consensus:
Why Is The A343 The Most Resilient In Its Family?: viewtopic.php?t=572723
aemoreira1981 wrote:What governments would want one that don't already have one? This is a plane that could be useful to Israel (even getting 2 now that one doesn't have to deal with Etihad as a seller), but the government isn't likely interested in that heavy a plane when a 767-300ER is half its weight (187t compared to 372t) and, with modifications, can easily do 6,400 nmi.
Has Israel ever procured an Airbus aircraft, ever?