Last month, American Airlines announced plans to accelerate the retirement of some older, less fuel-efficient aircraft from its fleet sooner than originally planned. Today (April 30) it added that, as its flying schedules and aircraft needs are fine-tuned during this period of record low demand, it will take the unique step of retiring a total of five aircraft types.
The airline said it has officially retired the Embraer E190 and Boeing 767 fleets, which were originally scheduled to retire by the end of 2020. It has also accelerated the retirement of its Boeing 757s and Airbus A330-300s. Additionally, it is also retiring 19 Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft operated by PSA Airlines.
American said that these changes will remove operating complexity and will bring forward cost savings and efficiencies associated with operating fewer aircraft types. Looking forward, it will focus on flying more advanced aircraft as it continues to receive new deliveries of the Airbus A321neo, and Boeing 737 MAX and 787 family airliners.
The move will mean that its narrowbody fleet also becomes more simplified with just two cockpit types – the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737 families – which will bring obvious training and maintenance benefits.