22-Nov-2011 9:30 AM

American Airlines chooses A319 and A321 variants as part of fleet transformation plan

American Airlines selected (21-Nov-2011) A319 and A321 aircraft variants as part of its A320 family fleet order, originally announced in Jul-2011. The A321 aircraft will be equipped with V2500-A5 engines from International Aero Engines. This engine selection supports American’s Jul-2011 fleet order for 130 current-generation A320 family aircraft. The A319 aircraft, scheduled for delivery between 2013 and 2017, will be powered by the CFM56-5B engine from CFM International. The 130 current-generation A319 and A321 aircraft are fully financed through lease transactions. The financial terms and conditions of the CFM56-5B and V2500-A5 engine purchase have not been disclosed. The aircraft are part of an order for 460 single-aisle jets worth up to USD40 billion split between Boeing and Airbus to be acquired beginning in 2013 through 2022. The deal calls for the carrier to purchase 200 B737s and 260 A320s. [more - original PR - American Airlines] [more - original PR - American Airlines #2] [more - original PR - IAE]

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