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

American Airlines aircraft at Miami International Airport

By Paul Riegler on 26 January 2019
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American Airlines filed an updated fleet plan for the coming three years with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week.

The world’s largest airline operates a mix of Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, and McDonnell Douglas narrow- and wide-body aircraft in its mainline fleet with a total of 957 aircraft as of early 2019.

It is the largest operator in the world of Airbus A320-family aircraft.  It is also the largest A319 operator and the second largest A321 operator, after EasyJet.

American Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft at the gate

American Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft at the gate

Currently, it has a total of 418 Airbus, 490 Boeing, 29 McDonnell Douglas, and 20 Embraer aircraft in its mainline fleet. It also has over 240 aircraft are on order from Airbus and Boeing.

Here is a look at some of the more interesting changes to expect.


American will fully retire its Super 80 fleet by the end of 2019. Super 80 is American’s brand for the McDonnell Douglas MD-80. Once a mainstay at the nation’s airports, the MD-80 is one of the most recognizable aircraft in the world thanks to its T-tail and rear-mounted engines. The remaining Mad Dogs, as they are affectionately known, are based in Dallas and fly short- to medium-haul routes that are part of the airline’s hub-and-spoke system. American operated more than 400 of the type in its fleet at its peak.

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