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American Airlines to retire five aircraft types ahead of schedule

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Last month, American Airlines announced plans to accelerate the retirement of some older, less fuel-efficient aircraft from its fleet sooner than originally planned.

The airline is taking advantage of the downturn caused by the global coronavirus pandemic to restructure its fleet, retiring a total of five aircraft types ahead of schedule.

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

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

According to American, these changes remove operating complexity and will bring forward cost savings and efficiencies associated with operating fewer aircraft types.

It will also help American Airlines to focus on flying more advanced aircraft as we continue receiving new deliveries of the Airbus A321neo and the Boeing 737 MAX and 787 family.

The airline’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.

In a statement, the company said: “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.”

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