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).
Airbus A319 about to land at Toronto
Airbus A321 at Los Angeles International Airport with another A321, a Boeing 777, a Boeing 737 and a Boeing 757 of the airline in the background
Airbus A330-300 on approach to land at Madrid
Boeing 757-200 at London's Heathrow Airport
Boeing 777-200ER just after taking off from Shanghai Pudong Airport
Boeing 787-8 on approach to land at Tokyo Narita Airport
Embraer 190 just after landing at Ronald Reagan National in Washington, DC
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 in older livery
Boeing 737-800 in special Astrojet retro livery, about to land at Miami in 2016.
Boeing 737-800 in special Air Cal heritage paint scheme at Miami
Boeing 767-300ER painted in Oneworld livery at Barcelona

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 variant from Embraer. American is currently in the process of the largest fleet renewal in its history, with over 300 aircraft on order from Airbus and Boeing.[1] 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 repainted a majority of its widebody aircraft.[2]

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.[3]

American is the largest operator of Airbus A320 family of aircraft in the world.[4][n 1] It operates the largest fleet of A321 aircraft, and has the second largest A319 fleet, only behind easyJet.[4] 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.[5]

The following table represents all American Airlines mainline fleet types and layouts in service (including US Airways airframes) as of January 2017.[6][7]

"W" class is Premium Economy that is offered for selected international wide body routes. "MCE" class is Main Cabin Extra that is offered for selected domestic narrow body 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 To receive GoGo 2Ku satellite Wifi starting no later than 2018.[8]
Airbus A320-200 51 12 138 150 To receive GoGo 2Ku satellite Wifi starting in late 2017.[8]
Airbus A321-200 199 20 16 171 187 Deliveries through 2017.
Replacing Domestic 757.
Largest operator of the A321.
102-seat configuration used on New York-Los Angeles and New York-San Francisco transcontinental routes.
16 32 133 181
10 20 36 36 102
Airbus A321neo 100
Deliveries begin in 2019.[9]
Airbus A330-200 15 20 238 258 To be retrofitted with new Premium Economy class.[10]
Airbus A330-300 9 28 263 291 To be retired by 2018.
Replaced by Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 787-9.[11]
Airbus A350-900 22
First two aircraft to be delivered in late 2018.
Deliveries will proceed through 2022.[9][12]
To feature Business Class and Premium Economy.
Boeing 737-800 284 20 16 30 114 160 Replacing MD-80.
Boeing 737 MAX 8 100
Deliveries begin in 2017.[13][14]
Boeing 757-200 51 24 52 108 184 Pre-merger American Airlines Domestic configuration.
Being phased out and replaced by A321.
12 - 30 146 188 New configuration for Hawaii-Phoenix services
12 164 176 Old US Airways International configuration.
To be retrofitted with new lie-flat Business Class seats & Wi-Fi.[15][16][17]
16 52 108 176 Pre-merger American Airlines International configuration.
To be retrofitted with lie-flat Business Class seats & Wi-Fi.[15][16][17]
Boeing 767-300ER 31 30 21 167 218 Twenty-five aircraft are retrofitted with 209-seat configuration with fully lie-flat Business Class seats.
All nonretrofitted 767s will be phased out by the end of 2017.
An additional eight aircraft to be retired in 2018
The last seventeen delivered to be retained.[18]
28 25 156 209
Boeing 777-200ER 47 16 37 194 247 All aircraft in 247-seat configuration will be converted to 289-seat configuration.[19][20]
Premium Economy class will be added to 260-seat aircraft over three years from 2015.[10][21]
Aircraft in 289-seat configuration to be retrofitted with Premium Economy over three years from 2015.[20]
45 45 170 260
37 48 204 289
Boeing 777-300ER 20 8 52 30 220 310 First operator of the 777-300ER in the United States.
To be retrofitted with Premium Economy over three years from 2015.
Boeing 787-8 17 3 28 57 141 226 To be retrofitted with new Premium Economy over three years from 2015.[10]
Boeing 787-9 4 18 30 21 27 207 285[22] First aircraft to feature Premium Economy and new Business Class seats.
Embraer E190 20 11 88 99 To be phased out by the end of 2019.[23]
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 17 16 30 94 140 Remaining aircraft to be retired by the end of summer 2018.[24][25]
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 40 16 30 94 140
Total 930 283

Special liveries[edit]

Aircraft Livery Registration Refs
Airbus A319 Allegheny Airlines Heritage Livery N745VJ [26]
America West Heritage Livery N838AW [27]
Pacific Southwest Airlines Heritage Livery N742PS [28]
Piedmont Airlines Heritage Livery N744P [29]
Airbus A321 US Airways Heritage Livery N578UW [30]
Boeing 737-800 Air Cal Heritage Livery N917NN [31]
American Airlines Astrojet Heritage Livery N951AA [32]
American Airlines Flagship Liberty on old (1968-2013) livery N905AN [33]
Reno Air Heritage Livery N916NN [34]
Trans World Airlines Heritage Livery N915NN [35]
Oneworld Livery N837NN [36]
N838NN [37]
Boeing 757-200 N174AA [38]
Boeing 767-300ER N343AN [39]
Boeing 777-200ER N791AN [40]
N796AN [41]
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 American Airlines Flagship Tulsa partial on old (1968-2013) livery N9405T [42]

Fleet history[edit]


  • 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).[43] 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.[44] 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.[45]
  • 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.[46]
  • 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.[47]
  • 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.[48]
  • 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.[49]
  • 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]


  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


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