Well the 747s combined power from its four jet engines have to count for something too. I believe but maybe Im wrong that the A340 and 747 are on about the same level of speed if you think about it. The only variations the 747 has opposed to the A340 is the jet engines which vary and the upper configuration.Plus the 747 jet engines are really strong. I heard once that if each engine on both sides of the 747 were put up to a good throttle speed they could carry the plane to cruise. Thats pretty strong.