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American Airlines Tenders Deal with Boeing for More 737’s, 787’s March 28, 2007

Posted by Andrew in Commercial Aviation.

American Airlines announced today that they plan to take accelerated delivery of 47 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The carrier recently embarked on a fleet renewal program, seeking to replace its aging MD-80 aircraft with Boeing’s more efficient model. Slipped innocuously within the press release was even larger news. According to the statement, American Airlines recently negotiated with Boeing “the right to purchase 787 aircraft.” While not a firm commitment, this admission is the firmest evidence yet that the carrier will purchase Boeing’s newest offering. American Airlines has refused to comment any further, but many industry analysts believe that the airline will sign a large deal within the year. Time is of the essence for American Airlines, even if the carrier is a very important customer for Boeing. Early delivery slots are dwindling; unless Boeing saved slots for American on the belief that the airline would eventually buy the 787. With the legacy carriers beginning to enjoy a rejuvenated market, a flurry of orders is expected in the coming months from American, United, and Delta Airlines as they upgrade their long-haul fleets to compete with international rivals.

Source: American Airlines



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