The history of the Aviationtag Swiss Airbus A340-300 HB-JMK
This Airbus A340-300 with Manufacturer Serial Number (MSN) 169 began its life in 1997, when Austrian Airlines put it into service with the name “Africa” and registration OE-LAK.
In April 2007, it was painted all white and in December, it transferred to Swiss to receive their red and white color scheme. The flag carrier from Switzerland named the aircraft “Aarau” flying it with registration HB-JMK. During the next 10 years, the aircraft flew to many long-haul destinations all around the world.
At the end of April 2017, HB-JMK retired and was flown to Enschede in the Netherlands, where Aircraft End of Life Solutions (AELS) dismantled it. Aviationtag gave it a second life by recycling it into the Aviationtag Swiss Airbus A340-300 HB-JMK.
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Please be advised: Owning an Aviationtag, is owning a piece of history. During the airplane’s long life, the skin has developed some unique properties which make each tag different. Depending on the aircraft and what part it’s manufactured from, tags may show differences in material, color, thickness, and finish. For example, small scratches and flaking paint are perfectly normal, and these imperfections reflect on the long history of the aircraft. They give the tag its unique look and make it an excellent aviation collectible!
When using the Aviationtag as a keychain or luggage tag, we strongly advise using the original Aviationtag cover to preserve the finish.
History of the Airbus A340
On 25 October 1991, the Airbus A340 made its first flight. The four-engined wide-body jetliner is developed out of the A300. In March 1993, it was put into service for the first time by Lufthansa and Air France.
The aircraft, has a length of 59.39 m to 75.36 m depending on the type and a wingspan of 60.3 m to 63.45 m. The A340 is a very long aircraft, the 600 version is even 4 m longer than a 747-400.
After 20 years, in 2011, Airbus announced it ended the production. The successor is the A350 XWB. Lufthansa is the biggest operator and, as of 2020, still operates 24 aircraft.