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Emirates Airbus A340-300 Fleet List

Current Emirates A340-300 Routes

With the rapid expansion of the Emirates network in the early 2000s aircraft manufacturers were unable to deliver new models quickly enough to satisfy demand. However Boeing were able to offer eight former Singapore Airlines Airbus A340-300s which they had taken in part exchange when delivering new Boeing 777s.

On 9 April 2004, less than two months after being delivered to Emirates, Airbus A340-300 A6-ERN operating EK764 Johannesburg - Dubai was using “reduced flexible thrust” for takeoff. The aircraft continued past the end of the runway and became airborne around 500 feet past the runway end after TOGA power was selected. The aircraft struck lighting instruments but was able to return to Johannesburg and land safely, though brakes failed and the aircraft came to a halt just before the runway end.

Always somewhat of an anomaly within the Emirates fleet due to their Singapore Airlines interior fittings the A340-300s are however popular with Economy Class passengers due to the 2-4-2 seating layout. First and Business Class cabins feature Sleeperette seats however and these are the least desirable seats in the Emirates fleet.

The aircraft see service on routes within the Middle East but also serve some European destinations and work into Africa and China.

As a non standard type the A340-300s are expected to be removed from the fleet before the end of 2012.

Airbus A340-300