American Chooses A319 and A321 for Initial Airbus Order

By Paul Riegler on 21 November 2011
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American Airlines revealed details about its fleet transformation program, which the company originally announced in July of this year.  The airline has specified 130 of the Airbus A319 and A321 aircraft to be part of its A320 family fleet order.

Deliveries of the Airbus aircraft will start in 2013.

“The A319 and A321 aircraft will strengthen our fleet, helping us dramatically improve our fuel and operating costs,” said Tom Horton, president of American Airlines.  They will also offer customers “the chance to fly in aircraft that are designed to greatly enhance their travel experience.”

The A319 aircraft will be equipped with the CFM56-5B engine from CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric and Snecma.  The A321 aircraft will be powered by V2500-A5 engines from International Aero Engines, a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, MTU, and JAEC.

According to American, the new Airbus aircraft will be 35% more efficient in fuel cost per seat compared to the company’s MD-80 fleet.  American currently has over 200 MD-80 (also referred to as Super 80) McDonnell-Douglas aircraft.

The aircraft interiors will be quieter, have more overhead bin space, and improved lighting for greater passenger comfort.

American Airlines also has 200 Boeing 737 aircraft on order, with options for an additional 100.  The airline will start to take delivery of 100 aircraft from the Boeing 737NG family starting in 2013 and also plans to acquire 100 Boeing 737 Max aircraft, which are powered by CFM International’s Leap-1B engines.  American’s newest 737-800 aircraft have been delivered with the Boeing Sky Interior, which features overhead bins similar to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, as well as variable LED lighting.


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