American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Airbus A321neo

Airbus and Boeing to split order for 100 single-aisle aircraft from American Airlines – report

Announcement involves the A321neo and the 737 MAX and is expected in early March. European planemaker expected to sell the largest number of jets

American Airlines‘ long-awaited order for new single-aisle jets is about to occur, according to Bloomberg.

Disclosed in July 2023, negotiations for the new order are expected to involve around 100 Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A321neo aircraft, but the European planemaker is likely to win the largest number of jets.

As expected, the announcement could take place on March 4 during a meeting between the carrier’s executives and investors.

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Boeing 737 MAX 10 (Ricardo Meier)

The aircraft mix, however, is still unknown. At Airbus, the order should only be for the A321neo, for which American already has other agreements in place.

Boeing is expected to supply the 737 MAX 8, already in service with the airline, but perhaps the MAX 10, a variant for up to 230 passengers that does not have a secure certification deadline.

Other aircraft deals on the horizon

Despite the issues faced by the US manufacturer, American Airlines may have decided to consider the 737 MAX 10 in light of an expected change by rival United Airlines.

The Chicago-based carrier is considering canceling its 737-10 orders with Boeing to replace them with more A321neo after quality problems detected on the assembly line and accumulated production delays.

American Airlines Boeing 777-200 (Lewis Smith Photography)

American Airlines currently has a fleet of older aircraft, mainly old Airbus jets, some of which were inherited from US Airways with the A319 and A320.

The carrier also handles a large fleet of Boeing 777-200s with an average age of more than two decades. According to rumors, American is even considering the Airbus A350 as an alternative.

In addition to the order for narrow-body jets, American Airlines is negotiating with Airbus, Boeing and Embraer for an order for smaller jets with up to 150 seats.


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