Airlines Etihad ends A340-500 operations

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Etihad Airways has ended its A340-500 operations. Ch-Aviation reports the last jet was retired after its last flight on July 28. The aircraft was the last of three Airbus A340-500 in the Etihad fleet. All three aircraft were ferried to Spain for storage.

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Etihad received its first A340-500 in 2006. The jets will be replaced by A350-900 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The Gulf carrier's last 6 larger A340-600 will be retired and stored by October 28. According to Ch-Aviation the only two remaining airlines operating the Airbus A340-500 on regular services are Azerbaijan Airlines and the Portuguese Hi-Fly.

Airbus has built 34 A340-500 for several customers between 2002 and 2012. The jet with a typical capacity of 293 seats was configured as an ultra-long-haul jet. The four-engine twin-aisle widebody jetliner’s range of up to 9,000 nautical miles allows the A340-500 to operate some of the world’s longest non-stop routes. Singapore Airlines used the model between 2004 and 2013 for its Newark-Singapore nonstop route. The flight with a duration of over 18 hours and a distance of over 15000 kilometers was the longest scheduled commercial flight in the world.

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