Airbus has returned to Qantas with a longer-range version of the A340-500 in an effort to meet the carrier's requirement for an aircraft to fly from Sydney to London. However, Airbus COO Customers John Leahy conceded that the variant's performance is marginal with just 120 business and first class seats. Both the A340-500 and the 777-200LR can perform the London-Sydney leg with a good payload--240 passengers for the 777-200LR--but Qantas apparently is not keen on a one-stop or one-way ...

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