New version of the A340-500/-600 made a 4.5-hr. maiden flight over Toulouse yesterday as part of a six-month certification campaign. Powered by Trent 500s, the new 380-ton model will fly up to 7,900 nm., carrying the same number of passengers an additional 250 nm., according to Airbus. Qatar Airways will take delivery of the first aircraft next summer. Boeing had more good news from its recent 777-200LR record-breaking flight from Hong Kong to London (ATWOnline, Nov. 11), telling media in ...

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