Boeing 737-823 N814NN (msn 29562) of American Airlines soars away from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
On July 20, 2011 American announced a landmark aircraft order with both Airbus and Boeing. Under the agreement with Boeing, American plans to acquire a total of 200 additional aircraft from the 737 family, with options for another 100 737 family aircraft. American has the flexibility to convert the new deliveries into variants within the 737 family, including the 737-700, 737-800 and 737-900 ER.
As part of the Boeing agreement, American will take delivery of 100 aircraft from Boeing’s current 737NG family starting in 2013, including three 737-800 options that had been exercised as of July 1, 2011. American also intends to order 100 of Boeing’s re-engined 737 MAX, with a new engine that would offer even more significant fuel-efficiency gains over today’s models. American is pleased to be the first airline to commit to Boeing’s new 737 family offering, which is expected to provide a new level of economic efficiency and operational performance, pending final confirmation of the program by Boeing. This airplane would be powered by CFM International’s LEAP-X engine.
However on November 29, 2011, the AMR Corporation, the parent of American Airlines, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reorganization. The orders with Airbus and Boeing will now have to go through a bankruptcy court approval process.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.
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