American converts remaining A350-800s to larger -900s
By: Edward Russell Washington DC
10:46 27 Dec 2013
American Airlines Group has converted all of its order for 22 Airbus A350 aircraft to the larger -900 variant.
The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier disclosed the change in a stock exchange filing after the close of markets in New York on 27 December. Deliveries will begin in 2017 as previously scheduled.
The order by American’s US Airways subsidiary was previously split between 18 A350-800 and four A350-900 aircraft, according to Airbus' orders and deliveries database.
American says that it has not disclosed the breakdown of its A350 order previously.
Airbus only has 61 remaining firm orders for the A350-800 following American’s conversion, according to orders and deliveries summary from 30 November. These orders include 12 from lessor Aircraft Purchase Fleet, 10 from Yemenia and eight from Aeroflot.
The -900 seats 315 passengers in a typical two-class configuration compared to 276 passengers in the -800, according to the European airframer.
US Airways last modified its A350 order in November 2009 when it deferred deliveries to 2017 from 2015. It announced the deal in 2007 with deliveries originally scheduled to begin in 2014.
American’s parent AMR and US Airways merged on 9 December to create American Airlines Group.
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