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American Airlines orders 47 Boeing 787s, drops A350s

AFP, SAN FRANCISCO

American Airlines Group Inc has ordered 47 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in a deal valued at US$12 billion at list prices, while canceling a major order for Airbus A350s.

The order is comprised of 22 787-8s scheduled to begin arriving in 2020 and 25 787-9s scheduled to begin arriving in 2023.

They are to gradually replace Boeing 767s and 777s along with European Airbus A330s, American Airlines said on Friday.

The sale brings the carrier’s total number of 787s to 89 aircraft. Although the total value is US$12 billion at list price, the final price paid by airlines is generally lower.

American Airlines said: “As part of the strategy to simplify its fleet, American agreed with Airbus today to terminate its order for 22 A350s, which was originally placed by US Airways,” which it bought in 2013.

“This was a difficult decision between the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350 and A330neo, and we thank both manufacturers for their aggressive efforts to earn more of American’s business. In the end, our goal to simplify our fleet made the 787 a more compelling choice,” American Airlines president Robert Isom said.

American Airlines chief financial officer Derek Kerr said that advantages of carrying common fleet types include “creating less friction in our operation when aircraft swaps are necessary, reducing inventory needs, and creating a more consistent service for customers and team members.”

American Airlines also said it had deferred delivery of 40 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft previously scheduled to arrive between 2020 and 2022.

The carrier said the revised schedule “will better align with planned retirements of other narrow-body aircraft.”

The order for US manufacturer Boeing Co comes in the wake of protectionist trade measures by US President Donald Trump, who champions buying from US manufacturers.

“We are extremely honored that American Airlines is deepening its commitment to the 787 Dreamliner,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes president Kevin McAllister said in a statement.

Boeing said that it has more than 1,350 orders registered for the 787.

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