The fleet plan included in the bankruptcy restructuring that will be voted on by creditors in 11 days' time calls for a reduction in 762s by 2007. AC
has several stored 762s. The 763, 330 and 340 numbers remain pretty well as is. AC
is actively considering the 7E7 and I am told that Airbus has already been in touch re: the proposed A350. I expect AC
to lean towards the 7E7 - I had a chance to have a coffee with an AC
exec last week who said the airline (meaning CEO Robert Milton) likes the idea of keeping a significant Boeing tranche in the fleet, and that the ideal part of the fleet to go Boeing is that part that is already Boeing, ergo the 7E7 as replacement for 767s. Of course, everyone also expects Airbus to counter with hard-to-refuse pricing on the 350, assuming it goes forward.
has always had a pretty independent streak on aircraft purchases which makes its decisions a bellwether to other airlines. When it sold off its 727-200s, there was great speculation they would buy Boeing replacements, but Boeing didn't have an appropriate aircraft (this was prior to the 737NG family; the 733/734/735 didn't have the right range/mission characteristics to replace the longer-haul missions of the 727-200s). So AC
became the first North American airline to order the A320. It was also the first North American operator of the A319 and the A340 (but not the A330, though it flies the 333 HGW now)
Last year, many people thought AC
's choice of a 100-seater would be the A318 on price and commonality, but the airline looked long and hard at the EMB-190 and decided it was just a better airplane. So my money is on AC
giving the 767 replacement order to Boeing. I would expect something to be announced within a year.