American to Speed Up 757 Retirement, Defer Some A321neo Deliveries

By Anna Breuer on 26 July 2018
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A Boeing 737 with Sky Interior

A Boeing 737 with Sky Interior

American Airlines announced multiple changes to its fleet in the course of its second-quarter earnings call on Thursday.

The Fort Worth-based carrier said it would retire ten Phoenix-based Boeing 757 aircraft used for flights to Hawaii in 2019 rather than in 2020 and replace them with ETOPS-certified Airbus A321 aircraft.

In addition, it is deferring the delivery of 22 Airbus A321neos that were scheduled for 2019, 2020, and 2021 until 2024 at the earliest.  It will still take delivery of 17 A321neos in 2019, 15 in 2020, and 18 in 2021.  It will also delay the retirement of 14 Embraer E-190 regional jets to 2020 instead of 2019.

“Our fleet plan is constantly evolving,” the airline said in a memo to employees. These changes will ensure “we have the right mix of aircraft arriving at the right time.”

Finally, the airline will add eight leased Airbus A319s to its fleet and retire 15 fewer Boeing 737-800s in 2020 than originally planned.

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