American Airlines to Retire Entire Airbus A330 Fleet Sooner Than Expected

By Kurt Stolz on 22 October 2020
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An American Airlines Airbus A330 in Philadelphia

American Airlines, which had previously announced plans to retire its Airbus A330 fleet over next several years, said it has officially retired the fleet of 15 A330-200s and nine A330-300s.

In April, the carrier said it had “officially retired” its Boeing 767 and Embraer E190 fleets and that it would soon retire its remaining Airbus A330, Boeing 757, and Bombardier CRJ200 airliners. At the same time, Delta Air Lines announced plans to retire its McDonnell Douglas MD-88 and MD-90 aircraft.

American inherited the twin-aisle Airbus A330s and the Embraer E190s from US Airways at the time the two carriers merged in 2013.

“These changes remove operating complexity and will bring forward cost savings and efficiencies associated with operating fewer aircraft types,” American said in April.

Looking ahead, American will have two cockpit types in its narrow-body fleet, the Airbus A320 family and the Boeing 737, and two in its wide-body fleet, the Boeing 777 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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