American Airlines plans new order for narrow-body jets

US carrier negotiates with Airbus and Boeing for deliveries from the second half of the decade

Following massive orders from United, Delta and Southwest in recent years, American Airlines is expected to be next US airline to strike a deal for new narrow-body jets.

Last week, the carrier’s CFO, Devon May, revealed that the company is negotiating new orders with Boeing and Airbus, but without going into details about aircraft quantities.

“We are currently engaged with Boeing and Airbus for narrowbody aircraft deliveries in the latter half of this decade and beyond”, said the Head of Finance, during an event on 3rd quarter results.

May also stated that American Airlines does not intend to retire any aircraft this decade because they consider the fleet to be young.

American has 50 A321XLR orders (Airbus)

However, data from Planespotters reveals that the airline’s A319 and A320 have already been in service for around two decades.

It is a large fleet, with 133 A319s and 48 first generation A320s. The Boeing 737-800, with 303 aircraft, has a slightly lower average of 14 years.

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American Airlines also has 218 A321ceos that are around 11 years old and more recent jets such as the A321neo (71 aircraft) and 737 MAX 8 (55 jets).

The carrier also recently acquired ten A321neo that flew with Alaska Airlines, after the airline standardized its fleet with Boeing 737 models.

Airbus is expected to deliver the first of 50 A321XLR, a long-duration variant of the single-aisle jet, in late 2024.


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