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American Airlines broadens its fleet with major aircraft orders from Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer

written by Newsdesk | March 6, 2024

American Airlines broadens its fleet with major aircraft orders from Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer

Fort Worth, Texas has been the scene of a significant announcement from American Airlines indicating its purchase of 260 new aircraft, comprising 85 Airbus A321neo, 85 Boeing 737 MAX 10, and 90 Embraer E175 aircraft. These orders also encompass options and purchase rights for an additional 193 aircraft, demonstrating American Airlines’ investment in expanding its premium seating across its fleets and reinforcing its domestic and short-haul international networks.

Robert Isom, American Airlines’ CEO, noted that the airline has been focused on modernizing and streamlining its fleet over the past decade. “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,” Isom stated. With more than 600 mainline and regional aircraft deliveries since 2014, American Airlines now boasts 440 aircraft on order, positioning itself to cater to the increasing demand for air travel into the next decade.

American’s Chief Financial Officer, Devon May, emphasized the importance of continuous partnerships with Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer. May said, “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.”

The expansion plan includes the retrofitting of A319 and A320 fleets starting in 2025 to increase the number of domestic first-class seats, contributing to American’s ambition of offering the most premium seats of any U.S. airline on domestic and short-haul international routes.

Benôit de Saint-Exupéry from Airbus praised American’s ongoing investment in the A321neo, acknowledging the aircraft’s significant role in the airline’s network expansion. Meanwhile, Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, expressed gratitude for American Airlines’ trust in Boeing and 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,” Deal remarked.

Arjan Meijer, CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, also highlighted the significance of the E175 in the U.S. aviation network, stating, “This represents American’s largest-ever single order of E175s, and we thank American for its continued trust in our products and people.”


This aircraft acquisition strategy is a testament to American Airlines’ commitment to not only enhancing customer experience through premium seating and modern, efficient aircraft but also to its strategic growth that balances the airline’s network expansion with financial sustainability.


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