This week for our plane of the week I have decided to do the Airbus a340, which is a wide body quad-jet aircraft. It is definitely a long range aircraft with the maximum range on the 500 version coming in at 9,000 miles. The 500 uses the Rolls-Royce Trent 553 engines that can each put out a stammering 53,000 pounds of thrust each. The first a340 versions were made and sold in the early 1990’s and production continued until 2011. The a340 was out out of production due to lack of new orders. This is mainly because now that engines are more reliable 2 engines is just as safe as 4. This means that airlines are ordering the 777 and sometimes the a330 to cut down on fuel usage. The a340 has almost the exact same cockpit as the a330 except for some very very minor differences. This is great because an a330 pilot can also easily fly the a340. It still gets better too because these cockpits are based off of the a320 cockpit so it is very very easy for pilots to switch between the airbus aircraft. And as with all airbus aircraft the pilots control the plane with a sidestick the looks kind of like a joystick to a video game. The Airbus a340 is an extremely interesting aircraft but they may not be around for much longer so if you want an a340 ride than you had better try to book with Lufthansa or another a340 operator.
The plane geek
For the plane of the week this week I have chosen the Douglas dc-9 as it holds a true place in commercial aviation history. The aircraft was designed to supplement the long range dc-8 in the lineup. The dc-8 was a long range aircraft therefore the dc-9 was designed to be a smaller short range aircraft. Douglas approved to produce the dc-9 in the year 1963. It had a two person cockpit instead of one with three which was very advanced back in the day. It has two fuselage mounted Pratt and Whitney JT8D turbofan jet engines. If you look in the cockpit of the dc-9 you may notice that it is not a glass cockpit like most modern airliners, in-fact the only “glass” you will be seeing in this cockpit is the stuff that covers up the approximately 40 gauges on the aircraft. I apologize for the short post this week. I hope that you still learned about the dc-9 and its importance in commercial aviation history.
This is a photo of an AIrbus a320 at sky harbour. It is one of Airbuses only narrow body aircraft.
As you may have seen in previous posts, I will be introducing a Plane of the Week. To start it all off, I have decided that it will be my favorite wide-body jetliner ever produced: the Boeing 777, or triple seven. The 200LR version of the aircraft holds the record for the longest flight by a commercial airliner. The 300ER version has the most powerful jet engine under its wing in commercial service. This version also can hold 365 passengers in a three class configuration, or more when in a 1 or 2 class configuration. The cabin was completely made for passenger comfort and had the biggest windows of any aircraft until the 787 came along. The windows are 15 inches by 10 inches to allow for maximum passenger comfort. But, the 777 is not all show, because it burns 20 percent less fuel than the 747-400 and has comparable range and passenger capacity. It was also Boeing’s first fly-by- wire aircraft. Now, if you travel over the ocean on long range flights, you have a good chance of flying on the 777. The 777 is an absolutely extraordinary aircraft.
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The Plane Geek
Here at the plane geek blog I have decided that we will have a plane of the week. Most of the time it will come out on wednesdays and be some kind of commercial airliner. I hope that in the future when more viewers are gained we can have the viewers vote between a few options. For right now though I will be choosing the plane of the week. Even I am not a fan of the aircraft I still may pick it anyway.
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The Plane Geek