19 June 2019
American Airlines has become the second US airline to order the newly announced A321XLR, after it was announced by Indigo partners that its airline Frontier would take delivery of 18 jets earlier today. The American deal is for 50 aircraft, 30 of which have been converted from the airlines current A321neo order. This will allow the airline to finally replace its aging Boeing 757 fleet of 34 aircraft.
Its thought the airline will equip its new Airbus planes with economy and premium economy seats – which, is more or less what they offer on their entire shorthaul fleet currently – with the premium economy seats being sold as first class on domestic routes, and business class on international routes.
In just a few short years since 2013, American has become the worlds biggest Airbus operator with 422 aircraft in operation. This afternoons announcement will add a further 115 to that number.
The airline is currently looking to streamline its fleet over the coming years, by focusing on the Boeing 777 and 787 for long haul missions and retiring the older Boeing 757, 767, MD80 and some of the earlier 737 aircraft to replace them with new Airbus shorthaul aircraft and the currently grounded Boeing 737MAX series.
Deliveries of the A321XLR will take place to the airline between 2023 and 2025.