Fort Worth - American Airlines has announced that it pushed back deliveries of five Airbus A321neo because of the production delays at the manufacturer. The postponed planes were being expected to join the American's fleet from 2019 through 2020.
After this adjustment, the airline will take delivery of twelve A321neo in 2019 (two of them have already been delivered) and twenty more in 2020.
American Airlines currently has two Airbus A321neo in its fleet. A further 98 aircraft of the same type are waiting to be delivered over time.
The first A321neo of the carrier began operations in early April and the second in late April.
Fourteen Boeing 737-800s of the American are currently grounded for cabin renovation. The airline was also affected by the Boeing 737 MAX flight ban. It is one of the largest 737 MAX 8 operators with 24 737 MAX jets in the fleet. These developments slowed down the airline's capacity growth by 0.5%. The company expects a 2.5% capacity growth this year.
In addition to ten Airbus A321neo, American Airlines also plans to take delivery of sixteen Boeing 737 MAX 8, 11 Bombardier CRJ900, and 13 Embraer E175 by the year-end.