"Is it true that AC
choose the Airbus family of 320s, 330s and 340s over Boeing 737NGs and 777s because of some kickbacks AIRBUS was giving their Prime Minister in the early 90s?"
This was disproven in court (although who really knows);Brian Mulroney, the PM
in question, is taking legal action against the RCMP for acusing him in the first place. I don't know what the status is now.
would probably been better off standardizing its entire fleet with Boeing 737-700s and Boeing 737-800s for regional routes and Boeing 777-200ERs and 773s for the long haul Asian and European routes (which have high demand-LHR
I disagree. AC
started accepting deliveries of the A320 in 1989; had they waited until the 737NGs were being delivered in 1997 or so, that would equate to an extra 8 years of using inefficient 727s and larger number of DC-9s. Even then, the A320/A319 is better suited for many of AC
's longer, medium density routes. Regarding the 777 vs the A340, I'm not sure how that played out at AC
as they both offer similar benefits.