There's nothing new in this thread that didn't get mentioned in the numerous threads about the same subject in the last weeks...
Air France did not prefer the 773ER over the A346 because...
... the Boeing is the far better choice
... they're thinking of dumping their A343s in favor of B777s
... they cannot get rid of their other Airbusses
... they've got a 2-3-2 config in C-class and 3-3-3 in Y-Class**
... of whatever other ridiculous A vs B reason someone here will come up with.
**: this really must be one of the strangest things that I've ever heard of being listed as an advantage of the B777 over the A346...
Others have written it in this thread, I've written the same in numerous other threads as well: Air France does not operate aircraft who's engines are not made by GE/Snecma
That is THE reason why AF
did not order the A346 - unfortunately, GE
chose not to offer an engine, although - as I understand it (from several posts by, among others, ConcordeBoy and Gigneil) - Airbus does not have an exclusivity contract on the A340NGs as Boeing does on the B777NGs, so - should GE
at any point want to offer an engine, they still could.
Which, at least in the case of AF
would be academic: the B773ER already has GE
has already ordered them and is taking delivery of them, so I very much doubt that they'll switch over to the A346.
Both are great aircraft. Both do their jobs. Both will be in service for very long times. Both are very well capable of making money for their operators.
Get over this constant A vs B crap - or at least back up your comments with facts and proof, not just things like "I heard from so-and-so" or "X looks better than Y": the fact that just about half of the discussions on a.net have to end in an A vs B discussion really is disappointing.