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American Airlines converts B737 MAX options and postpones Dreamliner deliveries

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American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) will add more Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to its fleet, although it will have to wait longer for certain 787-9 aircraft.

On February 2, 2022, the US airline stated that it had decided to convert existing purchase options to purchase 30 additional 737 MAX 8 aircraft. 15 of the planes will be delivered in 2023, with the remaining 15 in 2024, according to American Airlines (A1G) (AAL).

At the same time, American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) said that it has decided to postpone the delivery of some 787-9 aircraft, which were scheduled to arrive in January 2023. Deliveries of the Dreamliner will now begin in the fourth quarter of 2023 and continue until 2027.

As a result, in 2023, American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) will add four 787-9 aircraft to its fleet.

Dreamliner deliveries have been halted since May 2021 as Boeing works to resolve manufacturing concerns.

American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) has already had to modify its summer flight itineraries due to delivery delays.

It had planned to have 13 787-9 aircraft in summer 2022, but announced in December 2021 that it will be reduced to four.

Derek Kerr, American Airlines’ (A1G) (AAL) chief finance officer, acknowledged the carrier was receiving delay compensation from Boeing during an earnings call with analysts on January 20, 2022.

“There are delayed penalties that are paid and Boeing is paying the delayed penalties. If there are further delays, and it really does impact the summer much more than what we think it is, then — we’ve had good discussions with Boeing that they will compensate us for the losses that we’ve had for the delay of those aircraft,” Kerr told analysts.

The US carrier cautioned on February 2, 2022 that the 787-9 delivery dates were still not set in stone. “The delivery schedules presented herein represent our best estimates as of the date of this report. Actual delivery dates are subject to change based on various potential factors including production delays by the manufacturer.”


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