Six months ago I reported that American Airlines was in the market for used Airbus A319s. At the end of February airline President Robert Isom told employees,
[W]e had some questions about 319s and potentially going out on the used market to get 319s to bring in to facilitate going faster, we’re doing that. Hang on with us.
…Newer model used aircraft are absolutely something we have an eye out for. As we take a look at where 319s are available we’re gonna be out there after them, because we want ’em” …they’re a little bit larger than we need in terms of total seating capacity but when you take a look at the operating economics, when you put it into our fleet, it works really well.
American Airlines Airbus A319
There was a rumor at the time that American would pick up these narrowbody aircraft from Frontier Airlines but then time passed and nothing happened.
Now it seems that American Airlines is receiving its first ex-Frontier A319, registration N922FR. It’s being transferred to American.
The aircraft was flown from Tampa to Goodyear, Arizona on Thursday.
This is the first of 3 used A319s leased by American. No doubt this plane will debut for American in standard configuration with just 8 first class seats, 8 forward rows of extra legroom coach (plus the exit row), and 128 total seats and – unlike the legacy American Airlines A319s — no seat back video.