Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
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American Airlines orders 47 new Boeings, ending Airbus order

American Airlines orders 47 new Boeings, ending Airbus order

The 787-8s will replace American's Boeing 767-300s, while later 787-9 deliveries will replace Airbus A330-300s and older 777-200 widebody aircraft.

American Airlines is ordering 47 new Boeing 787 Dreamliners with a combined list price of $12.3 billion to replace some of its oldest planes.

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Once all orders are delivered, American will operate 89 787s.

The announcement marks the final nail in the coffin for Airbus, who desperately battled in vain to stop American Airlines terminating its order with them in a bid to simplify its sprawling fleet.

"We have two excellent partners in Boeing and Airbus and our relationship with both manufacturers goes back many years". Choosing between Boeing and Airbus was a "difficult decision", the airline's president, Robert Isom, said in a news release, but going with Boeing to simplify the fleet "made the 787 a more compelling choice".

Boeing's global services division provides American Airlines with efficiency tools, such as airplane health management and toolbox, which will help the airline improve its operational performance, and enhance dispatch reliability. Notably, the 787 earns American's highest overall customer satisfaction scores among widebodies, as well as in the areas of seat comfort, carry-on storage space and in-flight entertainment.

American also deferred delivery of 40 Boeing 737 Max narrow-body planes to between 2025 and 2026.

With the plan, American will reduce the number of wide-body aircraft types it flies to three from five, reducing maintenance and training costs. "These new replacement aircraft are consistent with our previous plans for the size of our widebody fleet".

The deal includes 22 787-8s, the smallest member of the jet family, and 25 of the 787-9 variant - more than doubling American's fleet of Dreamliners, Boeing's most-advanced aircraft.

About American Airlines Group American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of almost 6,700 flights per day to almost 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. Bank & Trust Of America De stated it has 0.42% in Altria Group, Inc.

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