In June 2019 American ordered 50 Airbus A321XLRs to be delivered between 2023 and 2025, and which are meant to fly to small cities in Europe and to close-in South America. These narrowbody aircraft will have lie flat business class seats and premium economy.
American Airlines Airbus A321
American also has 47 Boeing 787s scheduled to come into their fleet. They ordered 22 Boeing 787-8s that were supposed to start starting in 2020, but Boeing delays have meant they haven’t seen any of these planes yet.
There are 25 larger Boeing 787-9s scheduled to arrive starting in 2023 as well. These get a new cabin, too, and won’t just be a rehash of their current product. There’s been a lot of speculation about the airline’s new business class seat that’s supposed to debut on this plane.
American Airlines Boeing 787-8
American Airlines shared with employees in an internal meeting following Thursday’s quarterly earnings call the status of these deliveries.
- Boeing 787-8s are expected to start coming again in mid-April. This estimate has remained “firm for the last two months” so they’re hoping it won’t change again.
- Deliveries of the Boeing 787-9s are expected to delay as well. These have a “max takeoff weight change” and that may push ou the 2023 delivery stream.
- The Airbus A321XLRs, though, are on target for late 2023/early 2024
New aircraft are always exciting, even when they’re domestic planes with Oasis interiors. But we’re expecting new premium seats, more business class seats, and aircraft that allow flying to more non-stop destinations and more destinations to be served year-round.