Airlines American Airlines to retire five aircraft types
American Airlines has announced to retire five aircraft types as result of the historical low flight demand.
Due to the heavy impact of Coronavirus on air travel demand, American Airlines has decided to retire more older and less fuel-efficient aircraft than originally planned. The flight schedules are fine-tuned during this period, stated American Airlines.
In total, five aircraft types will be removed from the carrier´s fleet. The airline has officially retired the Embraer E190 and Boeing 767 fleets, which were due to be phased out by the end of 2020. The retirement for the Boeing 757 and Airbus A330-300 fleet has now been accelerated by the airline. In addition, American is retiring 19 Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft operated by PSA Airlines.
With the changes in the fleet structure, American hopes to remove the overall operating complexity and to gain larger cost savings and efficiencies associated with operating fewer aircraft types. The less aircraft types an airline is maintaining, the more complex is the planning and maintenance.
This step furthermore helps American Airlines to focus on flying more state-of-the-art aircraft. The airline is constantly adding new Airbus A321neo to its fleet. Additionally, the airline has an grounded fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and newer 787 aircraft.
"American’s narrowbody fleet also becomes more simplified with just two cockpit types – the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737 families. This benefits American’s operational performance through training efficiency and streamlined maintenance [...] American continues to evaluate its schedule and remains committed to caring for customers on life’s journey. These changes will help American continue to provide a reliable travel experience around the world, even during these uncertain times," the airline said in a statement.
As of the beginning of 2020, American Airlines operated nine Airbus A330-300s, 34 Boeing 757-200s, 17 Boeing 767-300ERs, 20 Embraer E190s and 19 Bombardier CRj200s. While the Airbus A330 was mainly used for long-haul flights, the 757 and 767 were mostly served for domestic flights. The Embraer E190s and CRJ200s were used for regional routes.
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