American Goes For 787s In $12 billion Fleet Update

Randall Padilla
April 7, 2018

American will use the new order to replace older aircraft, with the 787-8s replacing 767-300s and the 787-9s replacing Airbus A330-300s and 777-200s. The A350 fits more passengers than the two Boeing 787 models American ordered, but the aircraft are relatively similar in technology, range and passenger amenities. Hawaiian Airlines, the sole customer for Airbus's A330-800, decided last month to order 10 Dreamliners instead. Though the total value is $12 billion at list price, the final price paid by airlines is generally lower.

The deal inked with Boeing also includes the "option" for American to purchase 28 additional Dreamliner jets.

He added that the decision to cancel its Airbus order - which was originally inked by US Airways before it merged with American - marked a "difficult decision" for the company. All of the new 787s will be powered by GE's GEnx-1B engines. It is scheduled to take delivery of 60 737-8s through 2020, according to its latest fleet plan.

American Airlines said it had also reached an agreement with Airbus to "terminate its order for 22 A350s" in an effort to "simplify its fleet". "Both offer specific aircraft that provide us with the right lift on specific missions across our global network", American president Robert Isom said in a press statement Friday.

"We see significant advantages to carrying common fleet types, including creating less friction in our operation when aircraft swaps are necessary, reducing inventory needs, and creating a more consistent service for customers and team members", Kerr said in a news release.

Airbus has said it has a series of ongoing sales campaigns for the A330neo with more than 100 airlines that now operate the older version of the plane.

American announced the moves Friday.

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