American Airlines Accelerates Fleet Renewal Plan
American Airlines, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of AMR Corp. , announced today it will take delivery of another six Boeing 737-800 aircraft in 2010, bringing the total of 737-800s to be delivered to American in 2009-2010 to 76 aircraft.
American signed an amendment to its purchase agreement with Boeing under which, among other things, American exercised its rights to purchase 20 737-800 aircraft for delivery in 2009 and 2010 as part of its previously communicated fleet plan. In addition, American will accelerate the replacement of its MD-80 aircraft by taking delivery of six additional 737-800s in 2010. American now has committed to take delivery of 36 737 aircraft in 2009 and 40 in 2010. The total of 76 737-800 deliveries in 2009-2010 compares to 70 aircraft as announced previously. Beyond this, American still has firm commitments that were made previously for 11 737s in 2013. American continues to evaluate opportunities to accelerate MD-80 replacement with additional 737s.
American also said that it has arranged backstop financing for approximately two-thirds of its Boeing 737-800 deliveries in 2009 and 2010. All of American's 2009 deliveries may be financed under this agreement should American elect to do so. Additional details of the financing arrangement are confidential and are not being disclosed at this time.
The announcement is another step in American's execution of its fleet renewal plan designed to replace its MD-80 fleet with more fuel-efficient 737 aircraft, lessen the airline's impact on the environment, and continue to invest in products and services for the benefit of customers.
"Today's announcement is another example of how American continues to take concrete steps in an effort to manage through the current industry challenges," said Tom Horton, AMR's Executive Vice President of Finance and Planning and Chief Financial Officer. "Replacing MD-80s with 737s at current fuel prices provides financial benefits while enhancing our products and services for customers. Fleet replacement remains a key element of the actions we are taking to better position our company for long-term success."
About American Airlines
American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 4,000 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in over 140 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, the AmericanConnection® airlines, AA.com, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.
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