US has ordered the A332 to replace its 762s - the only questions are can US afford another 10 brand-new widebody aircraft, does it really need another 10 widebodies in its fleet, will US still be in business when the planes are to be delivered, and, finally, even if they are still in business, US may be a smaller carrier with no need for the A332s.
US has not invested money in keeping its 757/767 fleet up to date as far as interior design, business class seating, and creature comforts - and its a shame. While I know all of the new Airbuses are wonderful aircraft, they are very expensive to own/lease.....the older 757/767 are far more affordable and with US in the tight financial position that it is in, needs to save every penny that it can. Updated 757s would be ideal for Florida/Las Vegas/Caribbean and some transcon routes (where the capacity is needed and the superb economics of the 757 can be appreciated) and the updated 762s are ideal for less-popular "thin" transatlantic routes, opening new long range routes accross the atlantic, and also make sense for some high-density domestic flying (US should take at look at how CO
uses its aircraft - no more capacity then necessary and keep fares up). While the idea of a pretty, new (and effecient) A32X and A33X fleet for US Airways is a nice one, the fact is that US simply cannot afford all of these new planes at this difficult time. I truly fear that we may see those beautiful US A333s parked in the desert in the near future.