MIAMI— Earlier this week, American released its official 2015 Fleet Plan; even though the airline plans that its total mainline aircraft will shrink by about 30, it will take delivery of more than seven dozen mainline aircraft and retire more than 100 mainline.
A319: American will take delivery of four A319s in the first quarter and three in the second quarter. By the end of the year, American will have 125 A319s in its fleet.
A320: Eight Airbus A320 aircraft will be retired by the end of the second quarter. The aircraft that are scheduled to be retired are some of the oldest A320s in the fleet which America West owned when they acquired US Airways. By the end of the year, American will be down to 55 A320s.
A321: American will take delivery of 10 A321s in both the first and second quarters, and 15 more will be delivered during the last half of the year. 23 of these deliveries are original American orders, and the other 12 are original US Airways orders. By the end of the year, American will have 174 A321s in its fleet.
A330-200 and -300: There are no planned changes to the 24 A330 family aircraft in its fleet.
737-800: Four 737-800s will be delivered in the first quarter, and six will be delivered in the second quarter. Plus, eight more will be delivered by the end of the year. With the addition of these 18 aircraft, American will be up to 264 Boeing 737-800s in its fleet.
757-200: 37 757-200s wil be retired by the end of the year. 10 aircraft will be retired in the first and second quarters; meanwhile, the airline will retire 14 during the third quarter and three in the fourth quarter. After all of these retirements, American will be down to 69 757 aircraft in its fleet.
767-200: Only six 767-200s remain flying–in the US Airways livery–for American, but they will all be retired within the next two weeks.
767-300: American will retire one 767-300 in both the first and second quarters of this year, and it will retire seven in the third quarter. After these retirements, American will be down to 49 767-300s in its fleet.
777-200: There are no planned changes to the 47 Boeing 777-200 aircraft in its fleet.
777-300ER: American will take delivery of one new aircraft in the first and fourth quarters of this year. With these two new additions, American will have 18 777-300ER aircraft in its fleet.
787-8: American is due to take delivery of three Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners every quarter of this year. If all goes according to plan, American will have a strong fleet of 12 787s by the end of the year.
MD-80s: 43 MD-80 aircraft will be retired this year. Seven will be ferried to the desert during the first quarter, 23 during the second quarter, and 13 during the third quarter. After these retirements, American will be down to 96 MD-80s, and their retirement continues to quickly approach.
E190: There are no planned changes to the 20 E190s in the fleet.
Once all of these fleet changes occur, American will have a fleet of 953 mainline aircraft.
As far as the regional side is concerned, 21 CRJ-900 and 29 ERJ-175 aircraft will be delivered, but 21 ERJ-140/145s and 1 Dash 8-100 will be retired. By the end of the year, close to 600 aircraft will be operating flights for American Eagle.