With the talk of US entering into the Asia market and AC going with the 777 over their 340's, would US be interested in the Airbuses leaving AC fleet. From the research I have done it looks like all but two of AC's 340s are owned, that would leave 7 A340-300s and a pair of 340-500's. I am not sure if AC plans on giving up all eleven of them, or if their eight A330-300s will be going as well. Does anyone know the time frame for the change over from Airbus long haul to Boeing for AC? Would it be in time for the 2008 bid for China?
Those A/C would go far to expand into Asia, or the west coast to Europe. With the delays on the A350 program and US in desperate need to expand their long haul fleet now, the AC planes would be a good hold over.
Some other routes that could be served with the 340's could include IST, TLV, and even a few into India. I know Parker said that South America was not in the plans for the near future, a influx of that many widebodies may change that. The addition of the 340's could free the 762s for Hawaii and South and Central America.