A340-600 high gross weight version made its first flight Nov. 18, initiating a six-month certification program for the Rolls-Royce Trent 500-powered aircraft prior to delivery to first customer Qatar Airways in summer 2006. Airbus said the 380-ton jet will have a range of up to 7,900 nm. (14,600 km.), approximately 250 nm. farther than the standard A340-600 with a payload of 380 passengers in a three-class configuration.

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