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American delays phase-out plans for some of its previous generation planes

Dallas, Fort Worth - American Airlines has announced that it would make some changes in its phase-out plans for some of the Airbus A320s, Boeing 737-800s, and Boeing 757-200s.

The announcement came during the presentation of the carrier's quarterly results. American had to take this decision due to the ongoing grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX jets and delayed deliveries of its Airbus A321neos.

We have extended the operating life of some of our A320, 737, and 757 aircraft on a short-term basis. These extensions will allow us more flexibility as we deal with the grounding of the MAX and the late delivery of the A321neo and provide modest and efficient growth to our fleet,

the Chief Financial Officer Derek Kerr said during the quarterly meeting.

Airbus has so far delivered only five A321neo to American Airlines. The company has a further 115 copies on order, including 50 A321XLR, the newly launched extra-long-range single-aisle jet of the European aircraft manufacturer.

The airline also has 76 737 MAX 8 in its order book with Boeing, American's 24 737 MAX 8, which were already received, are currently grounded because of the worldwide flight ban for the 737 MAXs.

American's previous generation single-aisle fleet comprises 132 A319-100, 48 A320-200, 219 A321-200, 304 Boeing 737-800, and 34 Boeing 757-200.

The current one McDonnell Douglas MD-82 and 27 MD-83 will permanently leave the airline's fleet in early September this year.

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