American Airlines to Retire 45 737s in Addition to its Last 45 MD-80s

By Paul Riegler on 9 March 2018
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IMG_6986American Airlines said it will retire 45 Boeing 737-800s in the next two years as well as the last 45 McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft whose retirement was previously announced.

The Fort Worth-based carrier currently has 304 737-800s in its fleet in addition to six brand new 737 Max 8 aircraft. The remaining 737-800s will be reconfigured with new interiors and 172-seat configuration by 2021.

The airline also plans to add 40 additional 737 Max 8 aircraft and 50 Airbus A321neo jets to its fleet by the end of the decade.

American was the largest operator of the MD-80 and ordered 20 in 1982 followed by an order for 240 of the so-called Mad Dogs in 1990, which was the largest aircraft order ever at the time. With the acquisition of Reno Air and TWA in 1999 and 2001 respectively, the airline’s MD-80 fleet grew to over 370 planes.

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