Hamlet69 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2657 posts, RR: 59 Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1007 times:
Probably should have explained that earlier. Two are what remains from the old Air Inter -300 order, which are slowly being cancelled as Air France's -200's are being delivered. IIRC, it started out as 8, and these 2 are the only ones remaining. The remainder are what is left of the original Northwest order. Remember that when Northwest renewed their order for 24 A330's, the old order for 16 was to be replaced with it. Instead, Airbus kept the old order on the books, and have only slowly been taking them off, year by year. These 8 are what's left of the old 16.
Should also point out that 4 of the 747's orders will probably be cancelled, as they remain from the early '90's Philippine order. Nothing has ever been made public about this order, however, so we'll see. They might follow Malaysia's recent example and be converted into freighters.