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 wholly owned regional subsidiary, see American Eagle Airlines.
American Airlines Boeing 777-200ER painted in the new livery.

American Airlines formerly 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, intended to replace its aging MD-80 series and 757-200 jets. As of June 2014, the last 767-200 aircraft was retired and replaced by the new A321's.[1][2]

Current Fleet[edit]

As of July 2014, the American Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 13.2 years. It is the second largest operator of the Boeing 737 behind Southwest Airlines.[3][4][5][6]

American Airlines Fleet
AircraftIn ServiceOrdersPassengersNotes
FJWYTotal
Airbus A319-1001946[7]818102128Replacing MD-80s[2]
Airbus A321-200
Transcontinental
1847[8]10203636102
Airbus A321-2001633132181Intended to replace 757-200 Domestic. Deliveries from July 2014.[9]
Airbus A321neo130[10]
TBA
Intended to replace MD-80s and 757-200 Domestic. Deliveries from 2017.
Boeing 737-80023670164886150Replacing MD-80s.
164896160
Boeing 737 MAX 8100[11]
TBA
Intended to replace MD-80s.
Boeing 757-200
Domestic
662252108182Older aircraft to be retired and replaced with A321-200s and A321neos.
2452108184
Boeing 757-200
International
181652108176
Boeing 767-300ER5830195225Since 2014, half of the fleet is receiving the new configuration with Main Cabin Extra and new staggered, fully flat Business Class seats. The other half will be retired by 2015 without modifications.
2818163209
Boeing 777-200ER471637194247Receiving the new configuration with Main Cabin Extra and new herringbone style fully flat Business Class seats.
4545170260
Boeing 777-300ER137[12]85230220310
Boeing 787-816[11]
TBA
Deliveries beginning in November 2014, and passenger flights start in the beginning of 2015. [13]
Boeing 787-926[11]
TBA
Deliveries from 2014.[14]
McDonnell Douglas MD-828516124140Phased out by 2018.
163094140
McDonnell Douglas MD-836916124140Phased out by 2018.
163094140
Total629442

* 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.[15][16] According to American Airlines, this is the largest purchase of aircraft in history.[17]

American Airlines July 20, 2011 order
AircraftExisting ordersNew ordersOptionsFirst delivery
Boeing 737-80054002011
Boeing 737 Next Generation10100402012/2013
Boeing 737 MAX10100602018
Total Boeing54200100
Airbus A319206585Jul 2013
Airbus A3212065Nov 2013
Airbus A321neo01302802017
Total Airbus0260365
Grand Total54460465

Notes:

In August 2007 the airline announced it would offer Wi-Fi internet services on Boeing 767-200ER American Flagship Service (AFS) routes across the United States.[18] On August 20, 2008, American Airlines became the first to offer full inflight internet service.[19]

In October 2008, American announced plans to order the Boeing 787–9 Dreamliner.[20]

American is the largest operator of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80, with some 170 of the type in service, with leases running until as late as 2024.

On January 19, 2011, American Airlines announced that it would order 2 (since increased to 20) Boeing 777-300ERs, and will become the first US carrier to operate the Boeing 777-300ER.

Fleet gallery[edit]

Fleet history[edit]

1930s1940s1950s1960s1970s1980s1990s2000s2010s
Ford 5-AT
1930–1935
DC-3
1936–1949
BAC 111
1965–1972
McDonnell Douglas MD-80
1983–[Present]
Curtiss Condor
1934–1950
Lockheed L-188 Electra
1958–1970
BAe 146
1987–1992
Fokker 100
1992–2004
DC-2
1934-1936
Convair 240
1948–1964
Boeing 727
1964–2002
Airbus A319
2013–[Present]
DC-6
1947–1966
Airbus A300
1988–2009
Boeing 787
EIS 2014
DC-4
1946–1953
DC-7
1953–1963
Boeing 757
1989–[Present]
Fairchild 100
1931–1952
Boeing 707
1959–1981
737–200
1987–1992
Boeing 737NG
1999–[Present]
Lockheed L-049
1946–1950
CV-990
1962–1969
Boeing 747–100
1970–1984
Boeing 747SP
1986–1994
Boeing 777
1999–[Present]
McDonnell Douglas DC-10
1971–2000
Boeing 717
2001-2003
Airbus A321
2014–[Present]
Boeing 377
1949–1950
Boeing 767
1982–[Present]
MD-11
1991–2002
Former AA 747-100 carrying the Space Shuttle Enterprise

Notes:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American Quietly Retires Last Boeing 767-200". Frequent Business Traveler. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "AMR Corporation Announces Largest Aircraft Order In History With Boeing And Airbus" (Press release). AMR Corporation. July 20, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Fleet Statistics". American Airlines. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  4. ^ "Planes - Fleet - American Airlines". American Airlines. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  5. ^ "American Airlines Fleet". ch.aviation.com. Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
  6. ^ "American Airlines Fleet Details and History". Planespotters.net. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "American splits Airbus order equally between A319 and A321". FlightGlobal. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ . Airbus http://www.airbus.com/company/market/orders-deliveries/. Retrieved 10 February 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Lie-flat seats on Airbus 321 coming to domestic cross-country routes". USA Today. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "American Airlines acquires 260 Airbus A320 Family aircraft". Airbus S.A.S. July 20, 21, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c "Boeing Orders". boeing.com. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  12. ^ "American ups 777-300ER backlog to 20, CEO says". Flightglobal.com. 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  13. ^ "A787 Dreamliner set to land at American Airlines this fall". The Associated Press. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "American Airlines firms up orders for 787, 737 MAX". Reuters. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "American Airline press released for 460 order and 465 options of Boeing and Airbus aircraft". Aa.mediaroom.com. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Leeham News: AMR Reaches Transformational Agreements, July 2011" (PDF). Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  17. ^ "AMR Corporation Announces Largest Aircraft Order In History With Boeing And Airbus". Aa.com. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  18. ^ www.flightglobal.com, July 8, 2007
  19. ^ "AA First to Feature GoGo Inflight Internet". August 2008. 
  20. ^ "American Airlines Takes Major Fleet Renewal Step By Announcing Plans To Acquire Boeing 787–9 Dreamline". October 2008. 
  21. ^ "Airfleets.net". Airfleets.net. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  22. ^ Aircraft N7055A, 1988 Airbus A300B4-605R C/N 462. Airport-data.com. Retrieved on November 4, 2010.
  23. ^ "Airfleets.net". Airfleets.net. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Airfleets.net". Airfleets.net. Retrieved December 2, 2011.