American Airlines has announced plans to accelerate the retirement of around 100 aircraft, as “flying schedules and aircraft needs are fine-tuned during this period of record low demand”.
The carrier said that the “unique step” would see it retire some of its older, less-fuel efficient aircraft sooner than originally planned, comprising a total of five aircraft types.
AA said that the retirement of its A330-300, B757-200, B767-300ER, Embraer E190 and Bombardier CRJ200 fleets would “remove operating complexity and will bring forward cost savings and efficiencies associated with operating fewer aircraft types”.
The airline added that the move would also help it “focus on flying more advanced aircraft as we continue receiving new deliveries of the Airbus A321 neo and the Boeing B737 Max and B787 family”.
AA’s narrowbody fleet will be simplified to just two cockpit types – the Airbus A320 and Boeing B737 families.