Which aircraft does American Airlines fly
American Airlines is retiring over 100 planes
The corona pandemic is accelerating the phasing out of older jets. For example, KLM has decided to retire its Boeing 747 from passenger operations. American Airlines also announced two weeks ago that 34 Boeing 757s and 17 Boeing 767s would be phased out in view of the crisis. Now it becomes clear: It does not stop with the airline.
According to the Reuters news agency, the airline plans to retire more than 100 more planes. There are 76 Boeing 737-800s that joined the fleet between 1999 and 2001, all nine Airbus A330-300s and all 20 Embraer E190s. According to the report, American Airlines President Robert Isom named these numbers in a question and answer session with employees.
737 Max, 787-9 and A321 Neo are coming
Isom said the new Boeing 737 Max, expected later in the year, could help sort out older planes that would require extensive maintenance anyway. American Airlines already has 24 Boeing 737 Maxs and is waiting for 76 more. She has also ordered and not yet received 25 Boeing 787-9s and 105 Airbus A321 Neo.
American Airlines is also considering eliminating some regional airlines with around 50 seats, according to Isom. The President could have the 50-seat Bombardier CR-200 in his sights, of which the American Eagle subsidiary operates 19. On average, they are more than 16 years old. A spokesman said work on converting the fleet was still going on, but decisions about additional phasing out had not yet been finalized.
More than 400 aircraft on the ground
American Airlines has - not counting its daughters - a total of around 950 aircraft in its fleet. Around 135 long-haul jets and 300 short and medium-haul aircraft are currently on the ground, according to Isom. More could follow.
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