No I don't think Air France will order A340-500/600, one reason I can think of is the A340-500/600 isn't powered with GE
or CFM engines. That is the main reason why they chose the B777-300ER over the A340-500/600, don't forget that the B777-300ER is offered only with GE
power plant. Air France Industries has decided it would work only on engines made wholly or at least partially by GE
. The A380 will be powered by Engine Alliance GP
, a new joint venture between GE
Have you asked yourself why Air France never had 757's? I think it's because it was never offered with GE
or CFM power plants.
Back in the 60's, they went for the 707 and the Caravelle, evengthough those used to be offered only with PW
power plants, because those were at that time the only jets available that would suit best Air France's system.
Back in the 70's and early 80's, they went for the 727 and the 737-200 eventhough those used to be offered only with PW
power plants, because they needed short and medium haul aircraft to cover their European and North African network and at that time the A320 family wasn't available. Neither was the B737-300/400/500.
In 1970, they went for the 747-100, which was also offered only with PW
power plant, because they needed like all other major international airlines a widebody aircraft to cover intercontinental flights and it was then the only widebody aircraft available on the civilian aviation market when they ordered it.
FLYSSC, you have good knowledge and you seem to be a real source of info on Air France, but I would like to point out that the Classic 747's (200 and 300 Series) are likely to be retired before the A340's are, because they are older (older in age and more cycles) and because they still require a third cockpit crew member which the A340 doesn't require. However you're right about the fact that the A340's are next to go, and be replaced with a mixture of A330's and B777's. And don't forget that Air France has now two variants of the 777, the 200ER and the 300ER.