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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 launches a new International Premium Economy seating option

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

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) today made this announcement:

American Airlines will offer customers even more choice by introducing Premium Economy on its international widebody fleet. Premium Economy will be available in late 2016, and will offer a new class of service directly behind Business Class, providing an enhanced product offering compared to the Main Cabin. This product will offer a new type of seat with benefits that include:

  • more legroom
  • wider seats
  • personal on-demand
    entertainment
  • noise reducing headphones
  • priority check-in and boarding
  • checked baggage allowance
  • amenity kits
  • enhanced meal service
  • spirits, beer and wine

New Planes and Retrofit Plans

American’s first plane with Premium Economy seating will be its Boeing 787-9, which is expected to enter service in late 2016. The 787-9 will offer Business Class, three rows of Premium Economy in a 2-3-2 configuration, Main Cabin Extra, which offers customers up to 6 inches of additional leg room, and Main Cabin seats. Premium Economy will also be installed on the Airbus A350, which arrives in 2017.

American will also add Premium Economy to all Boeing 777-300 ERs, 777-200 ERs, 787-8s and Airbus A330s (above) over the next three years.

The 777-300 ER will feature First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy, Main Cabin Extra and Main Cabin seating options for customers. All other retrofitted aircraft will continue to offer all-aisle access, lie-flat seats in Business Class, as well as Main Cabin Extra and Main Cabin seats.

The Boeing 767-300s will not be retrofitted with Premium Economy as those aircraft are scheduled for retirement in the coming years.

Premium Comfort

American Airlines Premium Economy seats with bulkhead footrest extended. (PRNewsFoto/American Airlines)

American Airlines Premium Economy seats with bulkhead footrest extended. (PRNewsFoto/American Airlines)

Customers sitting in Premium Economy will enjoy a leather seat featuring 38 inches of pitch, personal on-demand entertainment systems, larger touchscreen monitors with access to movies, TV shows, music and games, and noise reducing headphones (see above).

On the ground, customers will be able to check up to two bags free of charge and board earlier with priority boarding. In the air they will enjoy an enhanced meal service, access to global Wi-Fi connectivity, hours of on-demand entertainment, as well as complimentary wine, beer and spirits.

Top Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-323 N272AY (msn 333) departs from London (Heathrow).

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