American Airlines retires nearly 100 aircraft as industry suffers due to COVID-19

American Airlines 757.
American Airlines 757. Photo credit: File

American Airlines has announced it will be bringing forward the retirement of five different aircraft types in its fleet, resulting in 99 aircraft being grounded immediately.

American Airlines has officially retired the Embraer E190 and Boeing 767 fleets, which were originally scheduled to retire later this year. The airline has also implemented the retirement of its Boeing 757s and Airbus A330-300s, as well as 19 Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft operated by regional carrier, PSA Airlines.

Going, going, gone:

Airbus A330-300:

The A330s were part of the US Airways fleet before joining American Airlines in 2013.

They flew mainly trans-Atlantic routes as well as some domestic routes. Nine of these will be retired.

Boeing 757-200: 

The 757s have been in service with American since 1989.

All 34 of these aircraft have been retired. The aircraft was mainly used on routes to and from Hawaii and South America.

American Airlines 767.
American Airlines 767. Photo credit: File

Boeing 767-300ER:

These aircraft joined American in 1988, and 17 of them have now been grounded.

American Airlines Embraer ERJ-190.
American Airlines Embraer ERJ-190. Photo credit: File

Embraer E190: 

Used mainly as regional shuttle aircraft, 20 E190s have been retired. They joined the American fleet in 2013.

Bombardier CRJ200: 

The airline has 19 of these aircraft based at hubs such as North Carolina, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.

The older, less efficient aircraft will allow the airline to focus on its more advanced aircraft such as the Airbus A321neo, Boeing 737 MAX and 787 Dreamliners.

With just two aircraft types, the airline's cockpit and maintenance facilities will be more streamlined.