American Airlines to retire five aircraft types
American Airlines to retire five aircraft types. Due to the ongoing pandemic the airline has decided to restructure its fleet. Loss of demand due to travel bans and restrictions have resulted in airlines suspending most of their operations and grounding their fleet.
Retirement of its aircraft
American Airlines has accelerated the retirement of its older and less fuel efficient Boeing, Airbus and Embraer aircraft. This is mainly due to the record low demand of air travel. It has decided to retire five aircraft types in its fleet. The company will retire around 100 aircraft from its fleet.
American Airlines will retire its B767-300ER, B757-200, A330-300, EMB190 and CRJ200 aircraft. The airline had initially planned to retire its EMB190 and B767 fleet by the end of 2020 but has accelerated its retirement.
In addition to this is A330-300, B757 aircraft and an additional 19 CRJ200 aircraft operated by PSA airlines. The retirement of these aircraft are part of the airlines cost saving methods and will enable it to operate with fewer aircraft types.
American Airlines will also save on maintenance as the number of variants operated by the airline will reduce. The airline is also set to operate A321neo, B737MAX and B787 for the long term which are more cost efficient. The airline now has a simplified narrow body fleet of A320 and B737.
The airline is set to retire five of its mainstream aircraft from its fleet which include B767-300ER, B757-200, A330-300, EMB190 and CRJ200 aircraft.
The B767-300ER aircraft joined American Airlines in 1988. The airline currently has 17 aircraft in its fleet. It uses these aircraft mainly for some domestic routes, trans-Atlantic, Hawaii and destinations in Latin America.
Its B757-200 aircraft was previously with American West and joined American Airlines in 1989. These aircraft are used mainly in domestic sectors, Hawaii, some trans-Atlantic routes and Latin America.
The A330-300 aircraft was inducted by US Airways in 2000 before joining American Airlines in 2013. It mainly flew trans-Atlantic routes with a few domestic routes.
In addition American Airlines is also retiring its CRJ200 aircraft fleet which joined PSA Airlines in 2003. This is mainly used on domestic routes from its hub at Charlotte, Washington D.C and Philadelphia.
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