Back in February 2018 I wrote that American was in the market for used Airbus A319s and might pick some up from Frontier. And then six months later that’s exactly what they did.
A couple of months ago I wrote that American was again looking to acquire used Airbus A319s.
JonNYC says that American is likely to acquire all 10 of the Alaska Airlines Airbus A319s. Another source confirms talks over Alaska A319s as well. Alaska, which had had an all Boeing 737 fleet, brought on Airbus narrowbodies when they acquired Virgin America.
American Airlines Airbus A319
American is the largest operator of Airbus A319s. Vasu Raja, American’s Senior Vice President of Planning, pointed out in an internal employee meeting in September that there’s a glut of aircraft delivered “2005 – 2012” that are coming off lease or facing significant maintenance. This makes A319s cheap, and appealing to an airline with an established program to manage aircraft of that age.