Three new Boeing 737-800's with the 12 additional seats are ready for delivery for AMR and will be put into the fleet as soon as they are checked out.
This is wonderful news as now AA must begin staffing 737's with FOUR F/A's as who will know what A/C is where once they start flying around the system. Conversion of the remaining 737 will begin shortly. Acceleration of the 737's on order will also take place. Boeing cranks out 31 737's a month. Service flows will be adjusted to reflect additional F/A.
Appears the biggest hit for reduction of flying is Eagle and the mainline cutbacks are not as severe as planned to to UAL grounding approx 100, 737's and the 4-6 747's and other carriers dropping service and routes. UAL will have about 100 more A/C's than TWA when they are done cutting service and routes. Put that into perspective.
Loads for the Holiday solid. Planes being held in service to accommodate them. In NO way does In-Flight want or wish to have a repeat of Christmas past when they ran short of crews and supervisors filled in for a good part of December.
Extended leaves and retirements should offset mainline furloughs...cross our fingers. There is a 400 pilot shortage and a projected F/A shortage for 2009 and we all know what that means...more recalls...let's hope this all comes to pass.
The DAL and NWA deal...just like TWA and AA. They all say no employee cutbacks but we shall wait and see on that one. Never say never again. You know darn well they will chop excess headcounts.
Here is a snapshot the AMR's fleet.
Airbus A300-600 33 in service 267 (16/251)Domestic/Latin American short-medium haulMost fly out of JFK, MIA, SJU, and MCO. SJU cutbacks require moving aircraft to other marketsTo be phased out by 2012 or sooner. Exit from service: 13 in 2008
Boeing 737-800 77 in service (29 orders) (29 options) 142 (16/126) config148 (16/132) config. North American short-medium haul. Most fly out of MIA, DFW, and LAX. Three ready for delivery, 16/160. More coming late 2008, early 2009
Boeing 757 124 in service 188 (22/166) Short-medium-long haul. Most fly out of hub/focus citiesTo be fitted with winglets. To be fitted with new interiors.
Boeing 767-200ER 16 in service 165 (9/30/126)167 (9/30/128) JFK-BermudaLos Angeles, Miami, San Francisco. To be fitted with winglets. To be fitted with new interiors.
Boeing 767-300ER 58 in service 219 (30/189)223 (30/193)225 (30/195)Domestic/International medium-long haulTo be fitted with winglets. Fitted with New Business Class
Boeing 777-200ER 47 in service (7 on order)245 (16/35/194)247 (18/35/194)DomesticMiami-ChicagoDallas-ChicagoInternationalMoscowBeijing (begins March 25, 2009), Buenos Aires, Paris, London, Frankfurt,Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai,São Paulo, TokyoFitted with Flagship Suites. Being fitted with New Business Class. Being refitted with AVOD in all classes (internet)
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 35 in service (some former TWA)136 (16/120)140 (16/124)North American short-medium haul. Most fly out of ORD, DFW, STL, LGA
McDonnell Douglas MD-8 393 in service (some former TWA)136 (16/120)140 (16/124)North American short-medium haul. Most fly out of ORD, DFW, STL, LGA