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Higher-weight version of A340-500/600 takes to the skies

a340-500/600Airbus has flown the first example of the growth-weight version of the A340-500/600 family, kicking off a six-month certification process. The growth -600 has a maximum take-off weight of 380t and a range of 14,630km (7,900nm), and Airbus says the aircraft can seat 380 passengers in a three-class configuration. Emirates was launch customer for the Rolls-Royce Trent 500-powered higher-weight -600 in 2003, but Qatar Airways will take delivery of the first example in mid-2006.

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