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Airbus, Boeing, Embraer Get Big American Airlines Orders For 260 New Planes

American Airlines announced orders for 260 new aircraft, including 85 Airbus A321neo, 85 Boeing 737 MAX 10, and 90 Embraer E175 aircraft. The orders also include options and purchase rights for an additional 193 aircraft. 

American Airline’s Boeing 737 MAX 10 Order

American Airlines orders 85 Boeing 737 MAX planes.
American Airlines orders 85 Boeing 737 MAX jets, expands fleet with 737-10 model

Boeing and American Airlines have announced a deal in which American Airlines will update their fleet with an order of 115 Boeing 737 MAX 10 airplanes. This includes a new order for 85 aircraft and converting a previous order of 30 smaller 737-8 jets to the 737-10 model. Additionally, American Airlines has options to buy another 75 of the 737-10 model in the future.

“Over the past decade, we have invested heavily to modernize and simplify our fleet, which is the largest and youngest among U.S. network carriers,” said American’s CEO Robert Isom. “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.”

American Airlines is expanding its fleet by increasing its order of 737 MAX aircraft from around 70 to over 150. This move is a part of their long-term growth strategy, focusing on efficiency for their domestic and short-haul international flights. The 737-10 planes will join the existing fleet of 737-8s, benefiting from the commonality and flexibility of the 737 MAX family to adapt to rising travel needs.

  • The 737-8 enhances fuel, emissions, and cost efficiency, capable of a 3,500 nautical mile range and seating between 162 to 210 passengers.
  • The 737-10 boasts the most economical per-seat costs for single-aisle planes, with a capacity of up to 230 passengers and a range of 3,100 nautical miles.

“We deeply appreciate American Airlines’ trust in Boeing and its confidence in the 737 MAX family. American’s selection of the 737-10 will provide even greater efficiency, commonality and flexibility for its global network and operations,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Our team here at Boeing is committed to delivering on this new order and supporting American’s strategic growth with one of the industry’s largest and most modern fleets.”

American Airlines is set to expand its fleet significantly by adding over 180 Boeing aircraft within the next ten years, including more than 150 units of the 737 MAX and 25 units of the 787 Dreamliner.

Also, American Airlines Orders 85 A321neo Planes

American Airlines orders 85 A321neo planes.

American Airlines also signed a firm order with Airbus for an additional 85 A321neo aircraft, taking its total order for the aircraft type to 219 planes. 

“Over the past decade, we have invested heavily to modernize and simplify our fleet, which is the largest and youngest among U.S. network carriers,” said American’s CEO Robert Isom. “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.”

“The continued investment in the A321neo is a testament to the unprecedented value of the world’s most versatile and capable single-aisle aircraft,” said Benoît de Saint-Exupéry, EVP Sales, Commercial Aircraft, Airbus. “For nearly two decades, American Airlines has used its A320 Family of aircraft, some of which have been produced in the U.S. in Mobile, Alabama, to grow its domestic and short-haul international network and provide an exceptional experience for its passengers and crews.”

American Airlines became the first A321neo operator in February 2019 and has received 70 aircraft by January 31, 2024. As the largest A320 Family operator and the biggest A321 customer in North America, American Airlines maintains a significant presence in the narrow-body market. The A321neo, known for its efficiency, offers a 50% noise reduction, over 20% fuel and CO₂ savings compared to older models, and enhanced passenger comfort. More than 90 customers ordered over 6,100 A321neos worldwide.

Finally, American Airlines Orders 90 Embraer E175 Planes with Options For 43 More

Embraer has secured a significant order for 133 aircraft from American Airlines to meet domestic demand in the United States. American has placed a firm order with Embraer for 90 E175s, with purchase rights for 43 additional jets.

The aircraft will be delivered with 76 seats in American’s standard dual-class configuration. With all purchase rights exercised, the deal is worth more than US$7 billion at list price, and the firm orders will be included in Embraer’s 1Q24 backlog.

With the firm order for 90 E175s has secured sales of 837 aircraft achieving a 88% market share since 2013.

“Over the past decade, we have invested heavily to modernize and simplify our fleet, which is the largest and youngest among U.S. network carriers,” said American’s CEO Robert Isom. “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.”

American Airlines plans to introduce larger, dual-class regional jets to its fleet to enhance connectivity from small markets to its worldwide network. The airline intends to phase out its 50-seat single-class regional jets by the decade’s end and will rely on these larger regional jets to serve small and medium-sized markets. This shift will be complete once American receives its new Embraer E175 jets.

Arjan Meijer, President and CEO Embraer Commercial Aviation, said, “The E175 is truly the backbone of the U.S. aviation network, connecting all corners of the country. One of the world’s most successful aircraft programs, the E175 was upgraded with a series of modifications that improved fuel burn by 6.5%. This modern, comfortable, reliable, and efficient aircraft continues to deliver the connectivity the U.S. depends on day after day. This represents American’s largest-ever single order of E175s,  and we thank American for its continued trust in our products and people.”

American Will Add More Premium Seats With New Planes

  • Orders enable American to upgauge aircraft on domestic and short-haul international routes and offer more premium seats than any other U.S. airline.
  • With growing customer demand for a premium travel experience, American will retrofit its A319 and A320 fleets in 2025, increasing the number of domestic first-class seats on each aircraft.

American Airlines is investing in its fleet by adding new aircraft orders, aiming to increase premium seating on its narrowbody and regional aircraft, and bolstering its domestic and short-haul international network for the long term.

“Over the past decade, we have invested heavily to modernize and simplify our fleet, which is the largest and youngest among U.S. network carriers,” said American’s CEO Robert Isom. “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.”

Since 2014, American Airlines has introduced over 600 new mainline and regional aircraft into their fleet. The airline has also announced an additional 440 aircraft ordered to support increased demand for air travel well into the next decade.

“We are very pleased to continue our longstanding partnerships with Airbus, Boeing and Embraer with these orders,” said American’s Chief Financial Officer Devon May. “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.”

Measured narrowbody fleet growth

American Airlines plans to integrate these new orders into its schedule progressively, without deviating from its previously established capacity and capital expenditure targets. Over the past ten years, American has heavily utilized the A321 and A321neo models for domestic and short-haul international flights and remains the world’s largest operator of the A320 family of aircraft.

American is planning for the future with the new order of 737 MAX 10s pending aircraft certification. The airline currently operates the 737 MAX 8. Adding the 737 MAX 10 will allow American to continue to upgauge its fleet and provide more flexibility across its network.

Upgauged regional fleet

American Airlines plans to enhance its fleet by incorporating larger, dual-class regional aircraft to improve connectivity from smaller markets to its vast global network. The company intends to phase out all 50-seat single-class regional jets by the end of the current decade. Future operations in smaller and medium-sized markets will operate using these larger jets. The upcoming Embraer E175 planes, featuring premium seating, high-speed Wi-Fi, and in-seat power, will replace the current fleet and will be operated by American Airlines’ regional subsidiaries.

Enhancements to existing aircraft

American Airlines plans to retrofit its A319 and A320 aircraft starting in 2025 to enhance the travel experience. The upgrades include new seats with power access, larger overhead bins, and an updated interior. The A319s will have 12 first class seats, while the A320s will increase to 16 first class seats. Overall, the premium seating in American’s fleet will grow by over 20% by 2026.


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