In-Depth Analysis: American Airlines’ Fleet Plan Through 2021

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An American Airlines Boeing 737-800 taking off

An American Airlines Boeing 737-800 taking off


The Boeing 767-300 will be gone from American’s fleet by the end of 2021. American retired its last two Boeing 767-200s, planes that had been deployed on the highly competitive routes linking New York with Los Angeles and San Francisco, in 2014.

American will retire ten of the workhorse Boeing 757s – currently at 34 – this year. The number of wide-body long-range Boeing 777-200s and -300s, currently at 47 and 20 respectively, will not change in the coming three years.

The Fort Worth-based airline will, however, more than double the number of high-tech Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners – going from 20 to 42 – by the end of 2021. The number of longer-range and somewhat larger 787-9 Dreamliners will increase this year from 20 to 22.

An American Airlines 767-300 at JFK

An American Airlines 767-300 at JFK

The number of Boeing 737-800s – currently 304 – in the fleet will be reduced to 276 by the end of 2021, as the airline begins adding Boeing 737-800Max jets. While there are 20 currently in the fleet, that figure will grow to 60 by the end of 2021.


American will add seven used narrow-body Airbus A319s to its fleet this year along with 17 A321neo aircraft. The airline expects to have 50 A321neo jets by the end of 2021. The A321neo’s mission will be to fly longer domestic routes such as Phoenix and Los Angeles to Hawaii and Los Angeles to the East Coast.

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