American to Retire E190s, A330-300s, and some 767-300s by 2019
The news was announced in a memo to employees on Friday.
American retired its last Boeing 767-200 exactly two years ago and plans to stop flying more 767-300s than originally planned, citing “reliability” issues. The airline will retire an additional eight 767-300s in 2018, and continue to fly its 17 “youngest” 763s, which have all been retrofitted with new lie-flat seats in the business-class cabin.
In addition, come 2019 the company will retire all 20 of its Embraer E190s, used for the American Airlines Shuttle, which links New York with Boston and Washington, D.C., although it has not yet decided on a replacement aircraft.
The airline’s nine Airbus A330-300 wide-body jets will stop flying in the 2017-2018 timeframe. They were originally acquired by US Airways and have a Pratt & Whitney engine unique to American’s fleet. The airline said that the retirement will “simply maintenance” and also make room for new wide-body aircraft deliveries. American does plan to continue to operate its fleet of 15 A330-200s.
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