According to Bloomberg, that Boeing beat Airbus to a massive American Airlines deal last week. According to the report, American Airlines has ordered 47 Boeing 787 Dreamliners for long distance flights.
The Dreamliner series is Boeing’s most advanced aircraft. And all the Dreamliner aircraft will be powered by General Electric Co.’s GEnx-1B aircraft engines. The first set of aircraft, the 787-8s, are expected to be delivered in 2020, while the 787-9s are expected to be delivered in 2021.
With this deal, the carrier will be increasing its fleet of advanced carbon-composite aircraft. This deal also has hurt Airbus SE’s ambition to increase its wide-bodied aircraft sales in America. What made things worse for Airbus was that American Airlines also cancelled its order of 22 twin-aisle A350 aircraft. This purchase has been made by its forerunner, US Airways, according to a statement published by the airlines on Friday.
According to this deal, American Airlines will buy 22 787-8 aircraft, as well as 25 787-9 aircraft. This will increase the size of the carrier’s Dreamliner fleet by more than twofold.
This move highlights the challenges that Airbus has been facing trying to get a foothold in the airlines market in the US. The US is Boeing’s stronghold and Airbus has so far been struggling to break its rival’s grip on the American market.
This Dreamliner deal with American Airlines is, in fact, the second time that Boeing has convinced a carrier to switch from Airbus’ wide-body aircraft to their 787. Last month, the only customer for Airbus SE’s A330-800, Hawaiian Airlines changed its mind and opted for the Boeing Dreamliners instead.
According to Robert Isom, the president of American Airlines, the choice between the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350 was a very difficult one. However, at the end of the day, the company’s aim was to simplify its fleet, which is why the company decided to choose Boeing’s aircraft over Airbus’.
American Airlines is planning to reduce the number of Airbus wide-body aircraft in its fleet from five to three, which the carrier hopes will reduce maintenance and training costs. The company stated that the A350s it had ordered were too small a number to make the purchase a profitable one. In fact, the carrier had delayed its purchase of the Airbus A350s for the last two years.
As a part of its plan to reduce costs, American Airlines is also going to get rid another small fleet it has of 20 Embraer SA E190 aircraft.
The new fleet of Dreamliners will be used to replace the older Boeing 767-300s that need to retired, and then the Airbus A330-300s as well the oldest models of its Boeing 777-200s.
American Airlines has pushed back a delivery order of 40 more Boeing 737 Max narrow-body aircraft for 2025 and 2026. These aircraft were originally scheduled to be delivered between 2020 and 2022. The company stated that these deferrals had been made so that the deliveries could tie with the airlines’ aircraft retirement schedule.
And despite its loss to Boeing, Airbus still has a string of orders on an international level. The French aircraft manufacturer stated that it has sales campaigns underway with more than 100 airlines companies for its most popular A330neo. Currently, these airlines are operating the older version of the A330 and will need to retire them soon.
Additionally, the A330-800, a 250-seater aircraft, will be taking its first flight in the middle of 2018. The A330-900, the bigger version of this aircraft is expected to enter service at around the same time.