Old Mar 12, 19, 8:31 am
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lowfareair
 
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Originally Posted by thetaxman View Post
AA has around 24 MAX aircraft in the fleet from memory (but a larger number on order) - could they effectively remove this number of aircraft in one go from the current schedule with minimal disruption?
...ish. It would be a lot easier if those 14 738 Oasis conversions didn't have to get pulled last week. The big issue is Spring Break is coming up at the end of March through Easter (April 21).

For a longer-term shutdown, it wouldn't be too much of an issue, but no matter what AA expects the FAA to do, I guarantee every AA aircraft due to be retired this year or was recently retired is being looked at to determine the feasibility of keeping it longer (extending leases where possible, potentially going through a major maintenance check, etc.). If this grounding lasts more than a couple months, it wouldn't surprise me to see the remaining M80s and LUS 752s stay into 2020, as AA expects to have an additional 16 MAX aircraft in their fleet by year end.
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