American Finalizes Aircraft Orders With Airbus and Boeing, Expects 787s in Late 2014

By Paul Riegler on 8 February 2013
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An American 777-300ER in Dallas last week

An American 777-300ER in Dallas last week

American Airlines is moving ahead with its new aircraft orders.  Boeing today announced that American Airlines officially confirmed an order for 143 new aircraft, including 42 787 Dreamliners that were first ordered by the carrier in 2008.

Airbus similarly said that American had confirmed an order for 130 A321neo jet aircraft.

In July 2011, American placed what was a record order for new aircraft, ordering 200 Boeing 737 planes and 260 Airbus A320 aircraft.

Until the announcement, the orders were previously listed by Airbus and Boeing as pending final approval.   American required permission of the bankruptcy court in order to finalize the deals.

Last month, in a regulatory filing, American announced that it would receive its first Dreamliner aircraft far earlier than originally scheduled, with deliveries slated to begin in November 2014.

“These orders represent an important part of our transformation to the new American,” said Andrea Huguely, a spokesman for the airline, expressing no worry about the problems currently facing Boeing and the 787. “We have confidence in the Boeing Company, and we believe the 787 will be a great aircraft when it enters our fleet in late 2014.”

American also ordered one additional Boeing 777-300ER, the first of which made its inaugural commercial flight from American’s hub in Dallas-Fort Worth to São Paulo, Brazil.  American is the first U.S. carrier to operate the 777-300ER.  Last week American’s CEO, Tom Horton, told Frequent Business Traveler that it plans on receiving a total of 20 777-300ERs from Boeing.  The airline currently has three in its fleet, two of which in revenue service.

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