American Airlines has selected the Airbus A319 and A321 models to compose its A320 family fleet order, which was announced in July 2011. These new aircraft will be delivered from 2013. The A319 is the smaller version of the single-aisle jet, seating approximately 124 passengers. The longer A321 meanwhile, typically seats 185 passengers.
“We are aggressively moving forward with our plans to have the youngest, most fuel-efficient fleet in the US in the next five years,” said Tom Horton, President of American Airlines. “The A319 and A321 aircraft will strengthen our fleet, helping us dramatically improve our fuel and operating costs.”
American plans to take delivery of 130 current-generation A320 family aircraft from 2013, as well as 200 additional Boeing 737 family aircraft.