American Airlines will be retiring all of their 757s and 767s earlier than expected along with some 737s, Embraer 190s and A330s.
|American to retire 150 aircraft Photo: American|
Airlines around the globe are parking their aircraft reviewing huge decrease in demand for air travel due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Airlines are not expecting this issue to be resolved soon.
American Airlines is planning to retire 34 Boeing 757s, 17 767s, 76 Boeing 737s, which were acquired between 1999 and 2001, 20 Embraer E190s and 9 A330-300s.
The airline is also considering removal of some 50-seat regional jets ahead of schedule.
“In March, American announced we’ll accelerate the retirement of our remaining Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft. Doing so removes older, less fuel-efficient aircraft from our fleet sooner than originally planned and avoids unnecessary maintenance and fuel costs. We continue to make refinements to our flying schedule and fleet requirements based on demand,” said American Airlines spokesperson.
|American was planning to retire E190 by end of this year Photo: Getty|
American Airlines was planning to retire their Embraer 190s by the end of 2020. They kept these aircraft in operation mainly due to the Boeing 737 Max grounding.
American’s A330-300 fleet only comprise of nine aircraft, though it operates 15 more A330-200s. The airline is planning to replace these -300s by Boeing 787s. The airline didn’t install premium economy in these aircraft.
|American’s nine A330-300s will be retired soon|
American was initially planning to retire their first batch of B737s in 2019 and 2020, but they delayed the retirement due to the Boeing 737 Max grounding.
An American Airline 767 landed in Miami from Lima, Peru late Monday, which could have been the final flight for its 767 fleet.
American has temporarily parked more than 300 single-aisle jets along with 135 widebodiies out of 150, including the Dreamliners.
|American is set to retire entire fleet of 757s Photo: Jet Photos|
The B737 Max is expected to return safely into service this year. This can help the airline to fill up the lost capacity in mean time. The airline also could take more 737 Max aircraft.
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American is also seeking up to $12 billion from the government to cover up costs during the grounding especially for employee payroll.
|The 737 Max is expected to fly again this year Photo: CNN|
For airlines, who are planning to retire aging aircraft, this is probably the best time to retire them. Thousands of planes are grounded worldwide.