American Airlines Makes Blockbuster Aircraft Order

American Airlines Makes Blockbuster Aircraft Order
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In the last hour or so, American Airlines has ordered up to 260 aircraft from Boeing, Airbus & Embraer.

This comes as the carrier thinks about fleet expansion and renewal in the years ahead.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

The Airbus Side of the Equation…

American Airlines Makes Blockbuster Aircraft Order
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On the Airbus side of the equation, American Airlines has placed a firm order for 85 more A321neo aircraft.

Benoît de Saint-Exupéry, EVP Sales, Commercial Aircraft, Airbus had this to say on the sale:

“The continued investment in the A321neo is a testament to the unprecedented value of the world’s most versatile and capable single aisle aircraft”.

“For nearly two decades, American Airlines has used its A320 Family of aircraft, some of which have been produced in the U.S. in Mobile, Alabama, to grow its domestic and short-haul international network and provide an exceptional experience for its passengers and crews.”

In total, this means that American Airlines has 219 aircraft on order from the European planemaker.

Furthermore, American’s CEO Robert Isom added to this saying:

“Over the past decade, we have invested heavily to modernise and simplify our fleet, which is the largest and youngest among U.S. network carriers”.

“These orders will continue to fuel our fleet with newer, more efficient aircraft so we can continue to deliver the best network and record-setting operational reliability for our customers.”

Boeing Order Places Further Confidence in MAX Program…

American Airlines Makes Blockbuster Aircraft Order
American Airlines orders 85 Boeing 737 MAX jets, expands fleet with 737-10 model

The Boeing side of the order sees American Airlines ordering a total of 115 737 MAX 10 aircraft.

Furthermore, it is understood that 85 of the 115 represents a new order, with the other 30 being conversions from the MAX 8.

Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes said the following on the order:

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“We deeply appreciate American Airlines’ trust in Boeing and its confidence in the 737 MAX family.”

“American’s selection of the 737-10 will provide even greater efficiency, commonality and flexibility for its global network and operations,”

“Our team here at Boeing is committed to delivering on this new order and supporting American’s strategic growth with one of the industry’s largest and most modern fleets.”

Overall, this is a great aspect for Boeing in the wake of negative PR caused by the MAX 9 variant.

Triple Digit Order For Embraer E-Jets…

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American Airlines wasn’t done there, however.

They also announced a deal with Embraer for 133 E-Jets.

This consists of firm orders for 90 E175s, with purchase rights for an additional 43 on top.

Arjan Meijer, President and CEO Embraer Commercial Aviation had this to say on the order:

“The E175 is truly the backbone of the U.S. aviation network, connecting all corners of the country.”

“One of the world’s most successful aircraft programs, the E175 was upgraded with a series of modifications that improved fuel burn by 6.5%.”

“This modern, comfortable, reliable, and efficient aircraft continues to deliver the connectivity the U.S. depends on day after day.”

“This represents American’s largest-ever single order of E175s,  and we thank American for its continued trust in our products and people.”

It’s been quite the day for American Airlines today, with this order now setting them up for a substantial future.

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