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260 planes plus options: American Airlines delights Airbus, Boeing and Embraer with huge orders

260 planes plus options: American Airlines delights Airbus, Boeing and Embraer with huge orders

The American airline is ordering a total of 260 new aircraft from three manufacturers. Thanks to options and purchase rights, there could eventually be more than 450 aircraft.

There were already reports last summer that American Airlines was planning to order really large planes. The airline is said to want to order up to 200 aircraft from Airbus and Boeing. As of Monday, March 4, it's become clear: Demand for new planes is generally greater — even pleasing three different plane manufacturers.

American Airlines has ordered 85 A321 Neo aircraft from Airbus, 85 Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft from Boeing, and 90 E175 aircraft from Embraer. In addition, the company has acquired rights and options to purchase another 193 aircraft – 75 A321 Neo, 75 Boeing 737 Max 10 and 43 Embraer E175.

America is getting more 737 Max 10 planes

Additionally, American is converting from a legacy order of 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to a 737 MAX 10. “The narrow-body aircraft orders complement existing orders for the long-range Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A321 XLR aircraft,” the airline said. Comments on her order. It expects to purchase an additional 30 Dreamliner aircraft and 50 A321 XLR aircraft.

Overall, American Airlines' order book is growing as a result of new orders to open orders for 440 aircraft. These aircraft include 149 Airbus A320 Neo family aircraft, 159 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, 30 Boeing 787 aircraft, and 102 Embraer E175 aircraft.

This is what the current fleet looks like

In 2023, American's regional, subsidiary and charter fleet consisted of more than 550 CRJ700, CRJ900, E145, E170 and E175 aircraft. The new E175 is intended to replace smaller aircraft. “American Airlines is focused on adding larger two-class regional aircraft to its fleet to improve small markets’ connectivity to the rest of the airline’s global network,” American Airlines said. They want to phase out all 50-seat regional jets by the end of the decade.

American Airlines' fleet of larger aircraft consists of more than 950 aircraft in 2023. This is divided into Airbus A319, A320, A321, A321 Neo, Boeing 737-800, and 737 MAX 8 models for short and medium-haul flights. The Boeing 777-200, 777-300, 787-8 and 787-9 were used on long-haul flights.

The A319 and A320 are being converted

American also announced another change to its existing fleet on Monday: Starting in 2025, it will convert its Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft to increase the number of business class seats on domestic flights (first class in the U.S.) — to 12 on the A319 and 16 A seat. On an A320 aircraft.

In the photo gallery above you can see the models that American has now ordered. Clicking on the image opens the gallery in large format.