I would love that. I know it's very unlikely but it's not impossible, the probability that American ever orders from Airbus again is tiny but not zero. We all know that American's only Airbus product in its 70 year history is the A300-600, but if they ever add a new Airbus which do you think it could be? I think it could be the A340-500, not the 600, because it's a very long haul aircraft medium sized capacity wise. American would need such an aircraft if they add new routes in the Pacific Ocean or if they add a nonstop flight from MIA
like SAA used to have.
American has 777ER's in its long haul sector but, unlike most poeple here may think, they could choose the A340-500 over the 777-300ER for three reasons:
-no ETOPS restrictions
-the 777-300ER is offered with only GE
engines and the A340-500 is offered with RR
engines which power the 777 at American.
-a 2-4-2 seat layout better than a 2-5-2 seat layout, no seat is more than one seat away from an aisle. It's not fun to have a middle seat in a set of 5 seats on a long flight.
Then the choice is, either choose the Boeing and keep airframe commonality but not engine commonality or vice versa, choose the Airbus and keep the engine commonality but no airframe commonality. American doesn't seem to be interested in the 777-300ER and they don't need to add a new "queen of the sky" right now, but if they ever go shopping for a new "flagship" long haul, then Airbus may negociate a good deal with American. Wouldn't the A340-500 in American Airlines colours look great? And do you think they would be wholly painted in gray like the A300's were? That I don't think so because the A300's are wearing a bare metal scheme like all other aircrafts.
Folks, this post is not a Boeing versus Airbus war. It's just a thought that I have in mind now. I said in another post that if American adds a new type it would be the 7E7, but I would not exclude the A340-500.