This article is about the mainline American Airlines fleet, including the historical fleets of American Airlines. For information about the fleet of American's wholly owned regional subsidiary, see American Eagle Airlines.
American Airlines Boeing 777-200ER painted in the new livery.
American Airlines operated an all-Boeing fleet (including aircraft produced by McDonnell Douglas before it merged with Boeing in 1997), until it took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft on July 23, 2013 (since retiring the Airbus A300 in 2009). Apart from over 600 aircraft in service, American Airlines has more than 450 aircraft from Airbus and Boeing on order, replacing its aging MD-80 series, 757-200 and 767-200 jets. As of June 2014, the last 767-200 aircraft was retired and replaced by the new A321.
25 aircraft (11 complete) will receive the new configuration by 2015 with Main Cabin Extra and new staggered, fully flat Business Class seats. The rest of the 767 fleet will be retired by 2015 without modifications.
Largest operator of the MD-80. Retirement: 2018, Replacement: A319, 737-800 and 737-8 MAX
* Note that on two-class domestic flights (including flights to Hawaii), the highest premium class is branded as First Class, while on flights to the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, and Central America, it is referred to as Business Class.
On July 20, 2011, American Airlines ordered 460 and took options for 465 aircraft from Boeing and Airbus, with the intention of replacing its MD-80, 757–200 and 767-200 aircraft. According to American Airlines, this is the largest purchase of aircraft in history.
^1 For both the 737NG and 737MAX family, American Airlines has the option to determine closer to delivery date what version to take delivery of. For the 737NG, American can choose the 737-700, −800 and −900ER.
^3 Overall order for 260 Airbus A320 family aircraft was split equally between direct sales and 3rd party leases to be arranged by Airbus. This has since shifted towards a higher proportion of direct sales.
In early 1970 before AA took delivery of its own Boeing 747, the company leased 2 Pan Am 747-121s (N740PA & N743PA). 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.
After American acquired Trans Caribbean in 1971, the company briefly owned TC's fleet of 5 DC-8s (3 -50s & 2 -61s). These aircraft were never operated by AA and were sold to other carriers.
Most Boeing 747–100s were retired from passenger service in the late 1970s and served as freighters until their final retirement in 1985. Several were retired earlier; NASA acquired one of the early retired aircraft, N905NA, in 1974 and has since used it as a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Early in its NASA career, the aircraft continued to carry the American Airlines tricolor cheatline. A Boeing 747–100 was used in the film Airport 1975, registration number N9675, which was delivered to the carrier in 1971. The aircraft was redressed in the "Columbia Airlines" livery for this film. American flew the aircraft both as a passenger jet and later as a freighter only, under the "American Freighter" titles. The aircraft has been in storage at Roswell, New Mexico, since 2005 under registration number N675UP, in UPS colors, its last operator. This aircraft was scrapped in 2013.
American briefly operated a Boeing 747-200C freighter N749WA (serial number 20653/line number 237) for 6 months in 1984.
American Airlines retired their Airbus A300s in August 2009 after 21 years of service and they are now stored in Roswell. One American A300 was scrapped at Victorville Airport in March 2009, its tail number was N7055A.
American Airlines also operated a small fleet of Convair 440 prop aircraft from the mid-1970s to 1980 in the Caribbean via a wholly owned subsidiary, American Inter-Island Airlines. 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 (see American Airlines accidents & incidents, April 27, 1976 American Airlines flight 625). There is a small exhibit commemorating American Inter-Island at the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum near Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport.
American Airlines was the largest passenger DC-10 operator before retiring them in 2000, operating a total of 55 DC-10-10s and 11 DC-10-30s.