BTW...How many US-carriers have "wides" Airbus with the exception of US Airways?
American has A300-600s for caribbean routes
Northwest has A330-300s, and will be getting -200s soon.
I'm not entirely sure why AF
decided to go with the 777-300ER, but I think it has something to do with replacing their 744s, which are getting kind of old. I guess the plan is to reduce capacity on some 744 routes with the 773ER, and increase capacity on others with the 380. As for why it wasn't the 346, I think it was mostly because they were happy with how their 772s were doing. It also might have had something to do with the 346s being powered solely by Rolls-Royce. AF
has always had something for GE
They are adding a new type, but at least it can be flown by the 772 pilots, and maintenance will probably be close to the 772s. It's not like before when AF
had the 742,744,310,767 and 340, with each having its own pilot group and maintenance. Now they'll have the 332, 343, 772,773, 744 and 380. That's four pilot groups, but it'll go down to three when the 744s are gone.