May 18, 2024

American Airlines confirms major aircraft order

American Airlines has ordered 260 new aircraft, including 85 Airbus A321neo, 85 Boeing 737 Max 10 and 90 Embraer E175 aircraft, as well as options and purchase rights for an additional 193 aircraft.

As part of its Boeing order, American Airlines has upgauged 30 existing 737 Max 8 orders to 737 Max 10 aircraft.

The orders are part of the airline’s continued investment in expanding premium seats across its narrowbody and regional fleets and supporting the “long-term strength” of its domestic and short-haul international network.

American Airlines is focused on bringing larger, dual-class regional aircraft into its fleet, which will continue to “drive connectivity from smaller markets” to the rest of its global network.

The airline expects to retire all of its 50-seat single-class regional jets by the end of the decade.

Robert Isom, CEO of American Airlines, said: “Over the past decade, we have invested heavily to modernise and simplify our fleet, which is the largest and youngest among US network carriers. 

“These orders will continue to fuel our fleet with newer, more efficient aircraft so we can continue to deliver the best network and record-setting operational reliability for our customers.”

Chief Financial Officer Devon May added: “We are very pleased to continue our longstanding partnerships with Airbus, Boeing and Embraer with these orders.

“As we look into the next decade, American will have a steady stream of new aircraft alongside a balanced level of capital investment, which will allow us to expand our network and deliver for our shareholders.”