Old Aug 28, 17, 9:07 pm
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The 27JAN17 investor update included AA's Fleet Plan for 2017. Changes have been made since that.

For 2017, the plan was:

* MAINLINE DELIVERIES (+58) *

- 20 Airbus A321: +8 Q1, +7 Q2, +5 Q3,
- 20 Boeing 737-800: +5 Q1, +5 Q2, +5 Q3, +5 Q4
- 5 Boeing 737 Max: +1 Q3, +4 Q4
- 3 Boeing 787-8: +2 Q1, +1 Q2
- 10 Boeing 787-9: +2 Q1, +2 Q2, +3 Q3, +3 Q4

* MAINLINE RETIREMENTS (-56) *

- 5 Airbus A320: -1 Q1, -2 Q2, -1 Q3, -1 Q4
- 17 Boeing 757-200: -12 Q3, -5 Q4
- 9 Boeing 767-300ER: -1 Q2, -4 Q3, -4 Q4
- 25 MD-80: -5 Q1, -20 Q3

* MAINLINE FLEET COUNT AT YE2017 * (projected)

- 319 = 125
- 320 = 46 (-5)
- 321 = 219 (+20)
- 332 = 15
- 333 = 9
- 738 = 304 (+20)
- 738M = 5 (+5)
- 752 = 34 (-17)
- 763 = 22 (-9)
- 772 = 47
- 77W = 20
- 788 = 20 (+3)
- 789 = 14 (+10)
- E90 = 20
- S80 = 32 (-25)
- Total = 931 (+1)


* REGIONAL DELIVERIES (+31) *

- 19 CRJ-700: +9 Q1, +7 Q2, +3 Q3
- 12 E-175: +3 Q1, +6 Q2, +3 Q3

* REGIONAL RETIREMENTS (-55) *

- 23 CRJ-200: -20 Q1, -2 Q2, -1 Q3
- 19 Dash 8-100: -8 Q1, -3 Q2, -4 Q3, -4 Q4
- 13 ERJ-140: -13 Q1

* REGIONAL FLEET COUNT AT YE2017 *

- CR2 = 97 (-23)
- CR7 = 98 (+19)
- CR9 = 118
- DH1 = 4 (-19)
- DH3 = 11
- E75 = 136 (+12)
- ERD = 0 (-13)
- ER4 = 118
- Total = 582 (-24)

For perspective, Hector Adler's full May 2016 missive:

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Hector Adler 
 Vice President Flight Service 
 
 May 13, 2016 
 
 Dear Colleagues, 
 
 We would like to tell you about some fleet changes American has planned 
 over the next several years. We are sharing this information now in order 
 to keep you apprised well in advance of those things that may affect your 
 decisions down the road. Now is the right time to make changes that will 
 help keep our flying in line with demand and put the right plane on the 
 right route. Over the next few years, American will be phasing out Embraer 
 E190s and Airbus A330-300s, and accelerating retirements of Boeing B767s. 
 
 Here are the planned changes for each fleet type: 
 
 Embraer E190 
 
 American plans to phase out our E190s by the end of 2019. Scott Kirby 
 has said since the merger that eventually we would either need to 
 increase this fleet or phase it out. The E190s have some expensive 
 maintenance scheduled in the near future, so it makes sense to phase 
 them out of the fleet in 2019. 
 
 Some key points on the E190: 
 
  Today, these 20 aircraft primarily fly on the American Shuttle. The Shuttle 
 isnt going away. Its a great product for our customers, and we want to 
 keep their business. 
  Because we are still several years away, we havent decided which aircraft 
 will fly the Shuttle. But we will maintain the mix of mainline/regional Shuttle 
 flying per the APA contract. 
  The E190 is the only active fleet type in pay band Group I of the APA 
 contract. After retiring our E190s, new hire pilots will train to fly Group II 
 aircraft in the future. 
 
 Airbus A330-300 
 
 This is an aircraft that has served US Airways well. But we only have nine 
 of them and, again, smaller fleets can be pricey to maintain. Their Pratt & 
 Whitney PW4168 engine is unique in our fleet, adding maintenance 
 complexity and expense for such a small number of aircraft. With a 
 seat count of 291, its duplicative of B777-200ERs, which are being 
 retrofitted to 289 seats. 
 
  A330-300 retirements begin in 2017 and will be done by the end of 2018. 
 
  A330 pilots are qualified on both the -200 and -300. 
 
  Flight attendants will be offered training in advance of the B777-200ER 
 being introduced in designated markets. 
 
  No changes are planned for our 15 A330-200s. 
 
 Boeing B767 
 
 As you know, we have been retiring B767s. Our first B767s were delivered 
 in 1988 and at times, this type has been a challenge for our international 
 reliability. We have 40 today. Our previous plan had been to draw down 
 this fleet to 25 aircraft by the end of 2017. We will now retire an additional 
 eight aircraft in 2018, leaving us with the 17 youngest aircraft in this fleet, 
 which have all been retrofitted with fully lie-flat seats in Business Class. 
 
 Our fleet is experiencing transformational change. Fast. American is taking 
 delivery of a new mainline aircraft every seven days and by 2017, the 
 average age of our aircraft will be less than 10 years old. Thats the 
 youngest of the U.S. network carriers (and some others, too). In fact, 
 in 2015 we took delivery of more new planes than any airline in the world, 
 and there are more on the way. We have an order book that includes 
 new B737s, the B737 MAX, more A321s, A321neos and (on the widebody 
 side) B787-8s and B787-9s arriving this year and A350s next year. 
 
 Pilots qualified on these aircraft will have plenty of time to go through necessary 
 training and adjust to our new fleet lineup. Flight attendants are either cross-
 qualified or will be able to train on new aircraft in advance. 
 
 Were making these changes at a great time for our airline and our fleet. 
 Customer demand and profits are both strong, and with so many new planes 
 on the way  both narrowbodies and widebodies  opportunities continue 
 to be plentiful. 
 
 Please reach out to your Chief Pilot, Flight Service Manager, Base Manager 
 or us with any questions. 
 
 Best regards, 
 Hector Adler, etc. etc.
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Old Aug 30, 17, 8:25 am
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Originally Posted by econometrics
Lastly, it seems like JFK/PHL/MIA will be home for the 17 763 fleet for 2018?
I believe it is more than that, the goal is 17 planes by the end of 2018, with most of those retirements coming after the end of the summer season.

JFK looks to only have 2 Euro flights on 767s (none to LatAm next summer as of now) and looking at timings, the flights will likely run EUR-JFK-MIA and actually be based in MIA. (domestic flights much more likely to change, however)

PHL has 5 daily Euro flights on 767s in S18. I'd expect 6 planes to be based there, with one making a single daily r/t to MIA (fly out in the morning, return in the afternoon) to cycle them out as needed in MIA as well as to have a spare when one of them goes tech.
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Old Dec 27, 17, 10:12 am
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So did this not work out as planned with the ERDs? I'm looking at an itinerary for April, 2018 and I'm seeing an ERD on JFK-RDU.
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So did this not work out as planned with the ERDs? I'm looking at an itinerary for April, 2018 and I'm seeing an ERD on JFK-RDU.
I believe the loss of Air Wisconsin and their CR2s stayed the execution for the ERDs as they are picking up some of the slack.
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With the range of the A321NEO being pretty robust, any thoughts as to if AA will put some of them at JFK or even BOS to fly to cities in western Europe?
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Looks like they've swapped a 767 on the CDG-MIA route until June 8th. They look to be adding premium economy, I don't think that had that before this equipment swap.
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With the range of the A321NEO being pretty robust, any thoughts as to if AA will put some of them at JFK or even BOS to fly to cities in western Europe?
Shhh! Dont even give them the idea. Post-Oasis coach would be grueling, not to mention 37 F with 4 recline. Seriously, the JBA precludes that unless they have an additional subfleet with something like the 757 Diamond Parallels up front.
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Shhh! Dont even give them the idea. Post-Oasis coach would be grueling, not to mention 37 F with 4 recline. Seriously, the JBA precludes that unless they have an additional subfleet with something like the 757 Diamond Parallels up front.
Use the 321T interior and sign me up
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Use the 321T interior and sign me up
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Use the 321T interior and sign me up
Yeh, but then you're competing with JetBlue Mint, on a cost structure that is far higher than JetBlue's. And you'll want the lounges, SWUs and whatever on top of the B6 experience.
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Yeh, but then you're competing with JetBlue Mint, on a cost structure that is far higher than JetBlue's. And you'll want the lounges, SWUs and whatever on top of the B6 experience.
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Shhh! Dont even give them the idea. Post-Oasis coach would be grueling, not to mention 37 F with 4 recline. Seriously, the JBA precludes that unless they have an additional subfleet with something like the 757 Diamond Parallels up front.
I fully expect 321neos/LRs to eventually be used for PHL-Europe with the 321T J seats up front and standard coach (probably with TV screens still) in the back. Would be great for summer service to cities that can't support a 330 in the summer (GLA, EDI, new ones like OPO) and provide winter capacity to some currently seasonal routes or those AA would want to downgauge (BCN, LIS, AMS, MAN) while the 330s work the Caribbean/LatAm.
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