I wouldn’t have expected Boeing and American to intentionally announce an order for 47 Boeing 787s on a Friday evening. Surely the official release comes now as a result of the leak.
The 47 airframes are made up of:
- 22 Boeing 787-8s scheduled to arrive starting in 2020
- 25 Boeing 787-9s scheduled arrive starting in 2023
American Airlines Boeing 787-9
The 22 787-8s will replace American’s 24 Boeing 767-300s. That puts an end to the question of whether they’ll refurbish the 767 fleet or not. I reported two weeks ago that American’s CEO Doug Parker said the 767s needed to be retired.
The 787-9s will replace American’s 15 Airbus A330-300s and their older 777-200s.
American has officially terminated their order for 22 Airbus A350s that no one on the planet thought they’d ever take delivery of. And they’ve deferred delivery of 40 Boeing 737 MAXs that had been scheduled for 2020 – 2022. American has 100 MAX 8s on order of which they’ve received 7.
American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8
Don’t think that means you’ll get to avoid what one American pilot calls “the most miserable experience in the world.” American has already started retrofitting a legacy American Airlines 737-800 with the new standard domestic interior initially offered in the MAX. That means less legroom in first class, 30 inch pitch in economy, and even the eventual removal of seat back entertainment screens as they add more seats even into space that had been occupied by the plane’s lavatories.