Continental was very seriously considering the A340 and even the A320 in the early 1990's as replacements
for 747's, DC10's and the dozens of 737-100's, -200's,
727's, and DC9 variants it acquired from all the airlines that it merged with in the 1980's. However, financing
was a problem given CO
's precarious position at the
time and the airline was generally unhappy with the
performance of its A300-RB4's, many of which were
frankly pilfered from Eastern by the Lorenzo group
that nearly ran CO
to the ground. The A300's were
tough to operate at the high altitude of CO
hub at Denver and were not suited for high heat ops
common to Houston, were too large for the then new
Cleveland hub, and were often flown on routes that
really needed something smaller out of Newark.
As soon as Gordon & Co. took over, all Airbus bets
were off and CO
went all Boeing.
Continental had ordered 13 A330's and 10 A340's in 1989 but in 1993 they cancelled all of them because of the econmical problems all airlines suffered at that time.
And when Gorden Bethude (or whatever his name is...) took over Continental was lost for Airbus, since he used to be a big Boeing manager or even the boss I don't know. Now CO
has the 767-200/-400 and the 777-200 in it's fleet. And there is no room for any A330s or A340s. I guess those planes have looked very good in COs livery. But it's too late now...
these were the 1999 words of ContinentalEWR and GodBless respectively
I had to look far but I knew there were some solid answers from the past . . .