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American announces the retirement of five aircraft types!

American Airlines has made this announcement:

Last month, American Airlines announced plans to accelerate the retirement of some older, less fuel-efficient aircraft from its fleet sooner than originally planned. As flying schedules and aircraft needs are fine-tuned during this period of record low demand, American will take the unique step of retiring a total of five aircraft types.

Type Retired: March 27, 2020 (flight AA 9615 LGA-PIT with N946UW)

Above Copyright Photo: American Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N946UW (msn 19000072) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403270.

Type Retirement: March 30, 2020 (flight AA 9441 LIM-MIA with N347AN)

Above Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 767-323 ER WL N347AN (msn 33086) MIA (Ken Petersen). Image: 949517.

American has officially retired the Embraer E190 and Boeing 767-300 fleets, which were originally scheduled to retire by the end of 2020.

Type Retired: March 26, 2020 (for now) (flight AA 1797 DFW-LAS with N191AN)

Above Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 757-223 WL N191AN (msn 32385) MIA (Ken Petersen). Image: 949641.

Type Retired: April 8, 2020 (flight AA 9607 SAL-ELP with N272AY)

Above Copyright Photo: American Airlines Airbus A330-323 N272AY (msn 333) LHR (SPA). Image: 930259.

The airline has also accelerated the retirement of its Boeing 757-200s and Airbus A330-300s. Additionally, American is retiring 19 Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft operated by PSA Airlines.

Type Retired: March 30, 2020 (Flight OH 5305 DCA-CAK with N244PS)

Above Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-PSA Airlines (2nd) Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N244PS (msn 7912) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402940.

These changes remove operating complexity and will bring forward cost savings and efficiencies associated with operating fewer aircraft types. It will also help American focus on flying more advanced aircraft as we continue receiving new deliveries of the Airbus A321neo and the Boeing 737 MAX and 787 family. American’s narrowbody fleet also becomes more simplified with just two cockpit types – the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737 families. This benefits American’s operational performance through training efficiency and streamlined maintenance.

American continues to evaluate its schedule and remains committed to caring for customers on life’s journey. These changes will help American continue to provide a reliable travel experience around the world, even during these uncertain times.

Here’s a snapshot of the aircraft exiting American’s fleet:

 

Airbus A330-300

Airbus A330-300 — Blue Sky News/Pittsburgh International Airport

Airbus A330-300

  • Joined the US Airways fleet in 2000 prior to joining American’s fleet in 2013.
  • Nine A330-300s in the fleet as of Jan. 1, 2020.
  • Flew mainly trans-Atlantic routes, with some domestic service.

 

Boeing 757-200

Boeing 757-200

Boeing 757-200

  • Joined the America West fleet in 1987 and American in 1989.
  • 34 757-200s in the fleet as of Jan. 1, 2020.
  • Flew mostly mainland domestic and Hawaii routes, with some trans-Atlantic and Latin America service.

 

Boeing 767-300ER

Boeing 767-300ER

Boeing 767-300ER

  • Joined American in 1988.
  • 17 767-300ERs in the fleet as of Jan. 1, 2020.
  • Flew mainly trans-Atlantic routes, with some domestic, Hawaii and Latin America service.

 

Boeing 767-300ER

Embraer E190 — Blue Sky News/Pittsburgh International Airport

Embraer E190

  • Joined the US Airways fleet in 2006 prior to joining American’s fleet in 2013.
  • 20 E190s in the fleet as of Jan. 1, 2020.
  • Flew domestic routes, with extensive support for American Airlines Shuttle.

 

Boeing 767-300ER

A Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft operated by PSA Airlines.

Bombardier CRJ200

  • Joined the PSA Airlines fleet in 2003.
  • 19 CRJ200s in the fleet as of Jan. 1, 2020.
  • Flew domestic routes on the East Coast, with service primarily from American’s hubs in Charlotte, North Carolina; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia.

American’s 34 Boeing 757-200s are mainly parked at Roswell, NM – Is this the end?

Type Retired: March 26, 2020 (for now) (flight AA 1797 DFW-LAS with N191AN)

American Airlines has parked its 34 Boeing 757-200s. 33 have been parked (presumably retired) at Roswell, NM due to the loss of traffic due to the worldwide coronavirus crisis. The remaining aircraft (N173AN) is currently at Mobile (Downtown) (BFM) and is likely to be ferried to Roswell.

Previously, as reported, American announced it was moving up the planned retirement of the type to September 2021. However this announcement was before the tremendous loss of traffic due to COVID-19.

The 757s were being replaced by newer Airbus A321LRs. However the previous fleet strategy was dependent on a robust demand for air travel. That has disappeared almost overnight.

Whether the type returns to the active fleet will depend on how fast air travel returns. If the demand does not match the pre-COVID-19 levels for a year or longer, the 757s are not likely to return. This could be the end of the American 757 in active revenue service. With the majority of the fleet now parked at Roswell, it is not likely the 757 will return to revenue service.

Photo: Nathaniel E. Rodriguez on Facebook.

It this a quiet aircraft type retirement? This now leads to the question: What was the last 757 revenue flight?

It appears American’s fleet planners decided to ground the type on March 26, 2020 as the last revenue flights were operated that day with 11 aircraft (N175AN, N183AN, N185AN, N186AN, N189AN, N191AN, N198AA, N199AN, N203UW, N205UW and N938UW). Since then these aircraft have been ferried to Roswell for storage.

Time wise, the last American 757 revenue flight on March 26 appears to be flight AA1797 from Dallas/Fort Worth to Las Vegas arriving at 11:51 pm (2351) local time according to FlightAware. N191AN operated the last revenue flight (for now).

Despite the grounding, the Boeing 757-200 do fill a role for thin long international routes. Whether these routes return in the next year will determine the fate of the type.

Top Copyright Photo: N191AN in the current livery. American Airlines Boeing 757-223 WL N191AN (msn 32385) MIA (Ken Petersen). Image: 949641.

American Airlines Boeing 757-223 WL N191AN (msn 32385) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 402421.

Above Copyright Photo: N191AN in the original 1968 livery. American Airlines Boeing 757-223 WL N191AN (msn 32385) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 402421.

American Airlines slide show (historic liveries):