American Airlines fleet

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This article is about the mainline American Airlines fleet, including the historical fleets of American Airlines. For information about the fleet of American's regional operations, see American Eagle (airline brand).
American Airlines aircraft at the Los Angeles hub

American Airlines primarily operates a mix of Airbus and Boeing (including McDonnell Douglas) narrow-body and wide-body aircraft, as well as one narrow-body type from Embraer. American is currently in the process of the largest fleet renewal in its history, with over 270 aircraft remaining on order from Airbus and Boeing. American Airlines also announced a new livery to be painted on all aircraft. American Airlines expects to be done repainting all aircraft by the end of 2017, and has already completed repainting of all of its wide-body aircraft that are expected to remain in service beyond 2017.[1]

Current fleet[edit]

All US Airways airframes were transferred to American Airlines on April 8, 2015 when a Single Operating Certificate was awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration.[2]

American is the largest operator of Airbus A320 family of aircraft in the world.[3][n 1] It operates the largest fleet of A321 aircraft, and has the second largest A319 fleet, only behind easyJet.[3] American also operates the fourth largest fleet of Boeing 737 Next Generation family aircraft worldwide (behind Ryanair, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines), while having the second largest fleet of the Boeing 737-800 variant (the only Next Generation variant used by American), trailing Ryanair.[4] Its wide-body aircraft are mainly Boeing airliners. It is the fifth-largest operator of the Boeing 777 series and the Boeing 787 series, as well as the seventh-largest operator of the Boeing 767 series.

The following table represents all American Airlines mainline fleet types and layouts in service (including US Airways airframes) as of April 2017.[5][6]

"W" class is Premium Economy that is offered for selected international wide body routes. "MCE" class is Main Cabin Extra that is offered for several routes.

American Airlines mainline fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
F J W MCE Y Total
Airbus A319-100 125 8 18 102 128 All ninety-three pre-merger US Airways aircraft to receive GoGo 2Ku satellite WiFi starting no later than 2018.[7]
Airbus A320-200 48 12 138 150 Forty-one aircraft to receive GoGo 2Ku satellite WiFi starting in late 2017.[7]
Five aircraft from the current fleet to be retired in 2017.
Airbus A321-200 210 9 16 171 187 Deliveries conclude in 2017.
Replacing Domestic 757.
16 32 133 181
10 20 36 36 102 Seventeen aircraft in this configuration used primarily on New York (JFK) - Los Angeles and
New York (JFK) - San Francisco transcontinental routes.
Airbus A321neo 100
TBA
Deliveries begin in 2019.[8]
Airbus A330-200 15 20 238 258 Panasonic Ku satellite WiFi installations to be completed by mid-2017.
To be retrofitted with Premium Economy.[9]
Airbus A330-300 9 28 263 291 To be retired starting in 2018. Replaced by Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 787-9.[10]
Airbus A350-900 22
TBA
First two aircraft to be delivered in late 2020. Deliveries will continue through 2024. Replacing Airbus A330-300.[8][11]
To feature Business Class, Premium Economy and satellite WiFi.
Boeing 737-800 290 14 16 30 114 160 Deliveries conclude in 2017. Replacing MD-80 and A320.
Boeing 737 MAX 8 100
TBA
All aircraft will be equipped with ViaSat satellite WiFi service. Deliveries begin in mid-2017.[12][13]
Boeing 757-200 51 24 52 108 184 Pre-merger American Airlines Domestic configuration. To be phased out.
12 164 176 Pre-merger US Airways Trans-Atlantic configuration. To be phased out.
12 35 141 188 After retrofit completion in late 2017, there will be ten aircraft in this configuration for Hawaii-Phoenix services.
16 52 108 176 Pre-merger American Airlines International configuration.
A retrofit program includes new lie-flat seats in Business Class. When completed in late 2017,
there will be twenty-four aircraft in this configuration for International service to Europe and Latin America.
Boeing 767-300ER 31 30 28 160 218 These seven nonretrofitted 767s will be retired by the end of 2017.
28 21 160 209 Twenty-four aircraft are retrofitted with fully lie-flat Business Class seats.
Panasonic Ku satellite WiFi installations to be completed by September 2017.
The most recent seventeen aircraft to be delivered will remain in service beyond 2018.
Boeing 777-200ER 47 45 45 170 260 Thirteen aircraft currently in this configuration. Twenty-four Business Class seats are aft-facing.
All aircraft have Panasonic Ku satellite WiFi service. Premium Economy will be retrofitted to these aircraft.[9][14]
16 37 194 247 All fifteen aircraft currently in this configuration are being converted to the 289-seat configuration.[15]
37 48 204 289 Nineteen aircraft currently in this configuration. All aircraft have Panasonic Ku satellite WiFi service.
To be retrofitted with Premium Economy.[16]
Boeing 777-300ER 20 8 52 30 220 310 First operator of the 777-300ER in the United States. All aircraft have Panasonic Ku satellite WiFi service. Only aircraft to feature international first class going forward.
To be retrofitted with Premium Economy.
Boeing 787-8 20 28 57 141 226 Fourteen of the Business Class seats are aft-facing.
All aircraft have Panasonic Ku satellite WiFi service. To be retrofitted with Premium Economy.[9]
Boeing 787-9 6 16 30 21 27 207 285 All aircraft have Panasonic Ku satellite WiFi service. First aircraft to feature Premium Economy.
and the new B/E Aerospace Super Diamond style Business Class seats.[17]
Embraer E190 20 11 88 99 To be phased out by the end of 2019.[18]
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 14 16 30 94 140 Twenty-five aircraft to be retired in 2017. The 32 remaining aircraft to be retired by summer 2018.[19]
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 40 16 30 94 140
Total 946 261

Fleet history[edit]

Notes:

  • Eight Boeing 377s and seven Lockheed L-049 Constellations served in American Overseas Airways' transatlantic service and were acquired by Pan American World Airways.[citation needed]
  • In early 1970 before AA took delivery of its own Boeing 747, the company leased two Pan Am 747-121s. These aircraft were painted in full AA livery, and were operated until early 1971, then returned to Pan Am after AA received its own new 747-123s.[citation needed]
  • After American acquired Trans Caribbean Airways (TCA) in 1971, the company briefly owned TCA's fleet of five Douglas DC-8s (three -50s & two -61s).[20] These aircraft were never operated by AA and were sold to other carriers. American continued to operate Boeing 727-200 aircraft that were previously flown by TCA.
  • American operated a small fleet of five Convair 440 prop aircraft from the mid-1970s to 1980 in the Caribbean via a wholly owned subsidiary, American Inter-Island Airlines.[21] Scheduled passenger service was operated between San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Croix until runway improvements were completed at St. Thomas thus permitting a return of American jet service following the crash of a Boeing 727-100 operating as American Airlines Flight 625 at St. Thomas (STX) on April 27, 1976. There is a small exhibit commemorating American Inter-Island at the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum near Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport.[22]
  • Most Boeing 747–100 wide body aircraft were retired from passenger service in the late 1970s and served as freighters until their final retirement in 1985. Several were retired earlier with NASA acquiring one of the early retired aircraft in 1974 and then modifying it as a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) in order to transport Space Shuttle Orbiter Vehicles. Early in its NASA career, the aircraft, N905NA, continued to carry the American Airlines tricolor cheatline before eventually being repainted.[citation needed]
  • American briefly operated a Boeing 747-200C freighter for six months in 1984.[23]
  • Twenty-one Boeing 737-100/200/300s and eight British Aerospace BAe 146-200 aircraft that were operated between 1987 and 1992 were acquired with the assets of AirCal and primarily operated from AA's hub at San Jose International Airport.[citation needed]
  • American briefly operated five McDonnell Douglas MD-87s and five MD-90s acquired through its takeover of Reno Air.[24]
  • American Airlines was the largest passenger McDonnell Douglas DC-10 operator before retiring this wide body type in 2000, operating a total of 55 DC-10-10s and 11 DC-10-30s.[25]
  • After acquiring Trans World Airlines (TWA), American operated 28 Boeing 717-200 and 8 McDonnell Douglas MD-81 aircraft between 2001 and 2003. American sold off TWA's fleet of Boeing 757-200s and Boeing 767-300ERs.[26]
  • American Airlines retired its Airbus A300-600R wide body aircraft in August 2009 after 21 years of service. Afterwards, American was an exclusive Boeing operator (including McDonnell Douglas aircraft, due to its merger with Boeing in 1997) until 2013, when it took delivery of its first Airbus A319.[citation needed]
  • Aircraft that were acquired through the merger with US Airways that weren't previously operated by American included the Airbus A320, A330-200, A330-300, and the Embraer 190.[citation needed]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ As of December 6, 2016, Airbus still lists American Airlines and US Airways as separate operators. However, following the merger of the airlines since April 2015, the total used here is combined for both carriers

References[edit]

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  14. ^ "American had previously announced that B/E Aerospace would provide the seats for its new premium economy class". May 3, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2016. 
  15. ^ "check Out American Airlines' New Business-Class Seat". May 4, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2016. 
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