American Airlines announced some changes to their fleet, when it comes to the Airbus A321neos. The airlines plans on delaying 22 A321neo deliveries that were scheduled for 2019, 2020, and 2021.
The A321neo is a new-engine version of the A321 aircraft, which American currently flies today, and will still take delivery of their first A321neo in 2019 as planned, however will be spreading out the rest of the deliveries as 17 A321neos next year, 15 in 2020 and 18 in 2021. The deferred aircraft will arrive beginning in 2024, which will spread out the cost of these new planes.
American Airlines announced the additional changes:
We have 10 Boeing 757s based in Phoenix and currently used for Hawaii flying. We had previously planned to retire them in early 2020. Now they’ll retire in late 2019 instead, to be replaced by new A321neos, which will be ETOPS certified.
We are adding eight leased A319s to our fleet, and we’ll keep 14 Embraer E190s a year longer than previously planned. Those E190s will now retire in 2020 instead of 2019. We’re also retiring 15 fewer B737-800s in 2020 than we had planned. Adding A319s and keeping those other aircraft longer will help cover for the delayed A321neos and previously deferred B737 MAX 8s. Those planes will also help us handle the flying we are adding at our hubs such as DFW, CLT and ORD.