American Airlines orders 47 new Boeings, ending Airbus order

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American Airlines has axed its multi-billion pound order with Airbus to buy a fleet of Boeing Dreamliner jets.

"This was a hard decision between the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350 and A330neo and we thank both manufacturers for their aggressive efforts to earn more of American's business".

The move underscores the difficulty that Airbus has faced in the USA - the largest aviation market and a Boeing stronghold.

American now flies 35 Boeing 787 jets on worldwide routes. ANA, the Japanese carrier that was the launch customer for the Dreamliner, is the largest operator of 787s, while lessor AerCap is the largest 787 owner.


American Airlines is set to more than double it's 787 fleet with an order for 47, with an option for 28 more. Bloomberg on March 23 reported that American had ruled out a competing Airbus bid for the A330neo. "This was a hard decision between the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350 and A330neo and we thank both manufacturers for their aggressive efforts to earn more of American's business".

Isom and other executives have repeatedly emphasised a desire to simplify American's fleet throughout the process, suggesting that the 787 may have a lead over the Airbus types.

American Airlines president Robert Isom said: "This was a hard decision between the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350 and A330neo and we thank both manufacturers for their aggressive efforts to earn more of America's business". It already plans to shed another small fleet of 20 Embraer E190 jets.

The news is the latest in a catalogue of setbacks for Airbus, whose contract was scrapped after previously supplying American Airlines with almost three dozen A350s in 2013. All of the 787s will be powered by GE Aviation GEnx-1B engines. It is scheduled to take delivery of 60 737-8s through 2020, according to its latest fleet plan. American will use the planes to replace aging Boeing 767-300s and, later, its Airbus A330-300s and the oldest of its Boeing 777-200s.

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