American Airlines order 47 new Boeing 787 Dreamliners
American Airlines(AA) has announced today that they will gradually replace its fleet of wide body B767-300, Airbus A330-300 and B777-200 jets with the latest versions of Boeing’s B787 Dreamliner. American Airlines has agreed to purchase 22 B787-8s for delivery in 2020, and 25 B787-9s for delivery in 2023. AA currently operates 35 B787s on long-haul flights.
The airline also announced that it has cancelled a prior order for 22 Airbus A350s, which was placed by US Airways. A pending order for 40 Boeing 737-Max aircraft, originally scheduled for delivery between 2020 and 2022, will be delayed as well.
“This was a difficult decision between the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350 and A330neo.” said American Airlines President, Robert Isom. “In the end, our goal to simplify our fleet made the 787 a more compelling choice.”
When compared to the aircraft they will replace, the 787 will provide the airline with improved fuel efficiency, lower maintenance costs, greater range, and an enhanced customer experience. Notably, the 787 earns American’s highest overall customer satisfaction scores among wide bodies, as well as in the areas of seat comfort, carry-on storage space and in-flight entertainment.