As Vitale will tell you, TW has had difficulty negotiating with Airbus in securing all 18 million of an early 330 deposit for the narrowbodies. As yet only half of the original deposit went for the 318 and 319. The other hlaf may be forfeited if TW does not A) negotiate somehow B) order the 330. Al, am I correct?
US has ordered what 13 330s and no 340s for their proposed new Airbus fleet. However the future of these new ships is thrown into question should the UAL buyout proceed. If it does, which looks unlikely now, the 330s will be flipped back to Airbus Leasing or ILFC. Again Vitale can comment I think he used to work for the AIG leasing arm or GE. Albert?
Thank you for correctting me. Very much like the 767 family, for the 330, the -200 series has longer range than the -300 series. So, yes it is the A332 that can reach the Japanese capital. Post Karabu TW will have a lot of options on where it wants to go with long range flying. Perhaps, LIS, MAD, BCN, FCO, and MXP will be reopened (but I doubt it, considering the current labor issues), Caracas maybe served from JFK, and if TW joins an alliance and builds Trans Atlantic traffic, JFK-CDG could see a 332.