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Old Sep 23, 22, 10:24 am
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Antarius
 
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Originally Posted by PHL View Post
This is a COVID era article, but probably still relevant in the bigger picture.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/willhor...h=371031be6424

Using the hindsight of regretting the hasty decision to dump the 757/767/330 fleets, I could see them taking a more phased approach like retiring the older 772s and refurb the remaining ones for another ~10 years of life. Or do what UA does and densify their seating for medium haul flights.
I don't see AA refurbishing their 772s. By the time the current gen of seats ages out to need replacement and they start a refurb, frames will be 30 years old. Even their announcement explicitly calls out the 77Ws.

I wouldn't be surprised long term if they pick up some 78Js as replacements to some 772s. Still maintains fleet commonality, but gives them more flexibility between the 77W and the 789.

I get retiring the 767s and 757s, the former more so. The a330s was absolutely daft. AA is still paying for some of those a332s.
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