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8 Airlines Still Flying the A340

by Matt Falcus

With the advent of modern twin-jets, older four-engine long-haul aircraft like the Airbus A340 and Boeing 747 are becoming a thing of the past.

Airbus is doing well with its A330 and new A350 products, and so older A340s which cost more to operate are being retired by airlines around the world.

There are still chances to fly on the A340, however. Here are 8 airlines still flying the type.


Air France

Air France A340

By BriYYZ from Toronto, Canada (Air France A340-300) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The French national carrier was the largest operator of the type, but has been actively reducing its fleet over recent years. Their examples are flying regularly to the Americas out of Paris at the time of writing, but four are expected to join the new airline Joon in 2018.


Edelweiss Air

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This Swiss leisure airline is flying former Swiss International A340-300s on flights from Zurich to North American, Mexican and Asian destinations.



By ERIC SALARD from PARIS, FRANCE (EC-JNQ LAX) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Iberia flies its A340-600s from Madrid to destinations in North and South America, the Far East, and also a daily flight to London Heathrow. It has now retired its older -300 examples.



Lufthansa A340-300 Star Alliance

Photo (c) Erik Ritterbach

Lufthansa has a small fleet of A340-300s remaining in service, and also bases its large A340-600 fleet at Munich airport, operating long-haul routes to Asia and the Americas. A number of aircraft have been stored recently, and with new A350-900s coming into to replace them, the A340’s days in Germany are numbered.


Mahan Air

Mahan A340-600

By Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia (Mahan Air, EP-MMR, Airbus A340-642) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

One of Iran’s main airlines, Mahan Air operates both A340-300s and -600s, having taken a number of second hand aircraft. They are based at Tehran and operate the airline’s longer services to Europe and Asia.


South African Airways

South African Airways A340-600

Photo (c) Erik Ritterbach

South African Airways sees the A340 as their flagship long-haul aircraft. As well as routes to Europe, Australia and the Americas, it is also sometimes possible to fly it on the Johannesburg-Cape Town route. It operates both the -300 and -600 variant.


Surinam Airways

Surinam A340

By Paul Spijkers [GFDL or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Based at Paramaribo in South America, Surinam Airways operates a single Airbus A340-300, PZ-TCR, for its transatlantic link to Amsterdam Schiphol. It wears a bright colour scheme.


Virgin Atlantic

Virgin A340-600

Virgin Atlantic has operated both A340-300 and -600 models in the past, but only the -600s remain. They fly long-haul services from London Heathrow, but are being replaced by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. So catch one while you can!


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Haraguchi November 21, 2017 - 2:51 pm


Erikb November 22, 2017 - 7:04 am

And SAS and Qatar.

John March 10, 2018 - 4:46 am

No ey a340s were all parked & now sold to european all 10 of themm

Jhun Ocampo November 22, 2017 - 6:21 am

You forgot to include Philippine Airlines with 6 operating Airbus A340-300…

Mike Slatcher November 22, 2017 - 9:32 am

Also QTR, SAS, SWR and THT!

Johannes Bols December 4, 2017 - 9:58 am

Once you’re inside an aircraft, with the exception of maybe Concorde, the thrill is gone. A-340 on takeoff the engines sound like hair dryers. Not exactly a reason to re-book a flight.

Valdemar Madeira March 14, 2018 - 2:22 pm


Yuri April 1, 2018 - 8:48 am

Air Belgium, Eurowings (operated by Brussels Airlines)

Minh Tong June 21, 2018 - 5:26 am

Air Tahiti Nui operates only a340s


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