According to the airline, its Boeing B787-8s will replace American’s Boeing B767-300s, while later Boeing B787-9 deliveries will replace Airbus A330-300s and older Boeing B777-200 wide-body aircraft. The entire order of new Boeing B787s will be powered with General Electric’s GEnx-1B engines.
When compared to the aircraft they will replace, Boeing B787 aircraft will provide the airline with improved fuel efficiency, lower maintenance costs, greater range, and an enhanced customer experience, American said.
The airline currently operates a fleet of 35 Boeing B787s to destinations such as Tokyo (Japan), São Paulo (Brazil) and Paris (France).
As part of the strategy to simplify its fleet, American has also agreed with Airbus to terminate its order for 22 Airbus A350s.
Robert Isom, president, American Airlines, commented, “We have two excellent partners in Boeing and Airbus and our relationship with both manufacturers goes back many years. Both offer specific aircraft that provide us with the right lift on specific missions across our global network.”