This 1976 Cessna 340A Is a Cabin-Class, Load-Carrying ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

The turbocharged light twin’s power and comfort provide a big-airplane feel.

Cessna’s 340A represents a sweet spot for pilots seeking a comfortable twin for family travel. [Courtesy: Swaid Rahn]

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I do not think the Cessna 340 ever set the general aviation market afire, but I always considered the airplane a sweet spot among light twins. It was larger than the 310, with cabin-class features like a center aisle and an airstair door that meant passengers did not have to clamber through the front door and over the seats to reach the roomy cabin.

The 340 was not big enough, however, to be mistaken for one of its larger relatives, such as the 414 Chancellor or 421 Golden Eagle. Those airplanes had a Part 135 feel, while the 340 was clearly a Part 91 machine just right for hauling one’s spouse and children to distant vacation destinations.

I grew accustomed to seeing the 340 belonging to an airport neighbor at Sussex, New Jersey (KFWN). He flew regularly, so I often saw the aircraft’s arrivals and departures. A few years ago, after falling out with the airport’s owner—about what, I am not sure— he decamped to Blairstown (1N7), just over 20 nm away. I watched from the gas pumps as he left for good, accelerating hard and lifting off about a third of the way down the 3,500-foot runway. Impressive.   

This 1976 340A has 6,712 hours on the airframe, 309 hours on its left engine and 1,146 hours on its right engine since overhaul. Both engines have undergone RAM VI conversions for increased performance. The left and right propellers have accumulated 322 hours and 1,146 hours, respectively, since overhaul.

The pane includes a PMA-7000B audio panel, Garmin GNS 530W GPS/Nav/Com, GNC 255, GTX345 transponder, S-Tec 3100 autopilot with yaw damper and trim, Aspen Pro-1000 MFD, Garmin 796 GPS, WX500 Stormscope, Shadin fuel totalizer, and JPI EDM760 engine analyzer.

Other notable equipment includes full de-ice boots, RAM vortex generators, factory air conditioning, built-in emergency oxygen, partial copilot instruments, Cleveland wheels and brakes, and composite tail cone. The aircraft’s interior was refurbished in 2017, and the exterior was repainted in 2023.

Pilots who wish to give family, friends, and business associates a smooth, comfortable airliner experience in a scaled-down package should take a look at this 1976 Cessna 340A, which is available for $365,000 on AircraftForSale.

You can arrange financing of the aircraft through FLYING Finance. For more information, email

Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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