Completion of the Airbus A340-600 prototype is progressing at Toulouse, with the aircraft recently being rolled out for ground tests with its four Rolls-Royce Trent 556 engines installed. The 380-seat aircraft is due to make its first flight in May. With an overall length of 75.3m (246.4ft), it will take over from the Boeing 777-300 as the world's longest airliner. Virgin Atlantic is putting its first -600 into service in mid-2002.


Source: Flight International