21. July 2011 04:49
In the largest aircraft order in history, the American Airlines recently signed separate agreements with leading aircraft makers Boeing and Airbus to acquire a total of 460 aircraft. With this acquisition, the airline will be able to replace and refurbish its fleet and further strengthen its fleet plan.
The airline also said that the decision to include new aircraft in a big way will help maximize financial flexibility for the company. The American Airlines hopes to significantly lower its fuel and operating costs, and deliver state-of-the-art facilities to its customers.
Providing details about the acquisition plan, American Airlines said that it has already signed agreements with Boeing and Airbus for the delivery of 460 narrow body, single-aisle aircraft from the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 families starting 2013 through 2022. The airline said that this is largest aircraft order ever made in the aviation history.
The American Airlines said that it will become the first network US airline to begin taking delivery of the "next generation" narrow body aircraft starting in 2017. The acquisition will also make the American Airlines to be the first proud owner of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleet among its rival US airlines.
According to the agreement, the Boeing will deliver the American Airlines 100 aircraft from its current 737NG family beginning in 2013, which also includes three 737-800 options.
The American Airlines said that under the agreement with the Airbus, a total of 260 aircraft will be acquired from the A320 Family. Besides, it will also have 365 options and purchase rights for additional aircraft.