CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 13241 times:
I've just finnished to make a reservation with American. First time I'm flying with them so I'm quite curious to see how they operate and also I want to check their fleet too!
I've notice that I'll be flying some airplanes that I'm sure AA is thinking about replacing them. From BOG to MIA I'll fly in the A300-600, a plane that I found out is in AA fleet since 1989. And also from DFW to FAT I'll be flying the MD83. I know that this type is getting some good years in AA service so my question will be - what AA will get to replace these two models? In my opinion and because it looks that AA is much relying on Boeing that the 787 could be a good replacement for the A300. In the case of the MD80 I think the 737-600 and 700 would fit perfectly, specially taking in mind that AA already uses the 737-800.
I'm looking forward to fly with them and see how they go!
IRelayer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1092 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 13219 times:
There are tons of threads on this. The replacement for the A300's will probably be a downsize...787's are a possibility but nothing else comes to mind for a direct 1-1 replacement. The replacement for the Mad Dogs will probably be either the 737NG or whatever Boeing comes up with next in that category. Regardless of when they replace them, AA has a gentleman's agreement to only buy Boeing's (unless it is commuter aircraft). The Mad Dogs will hang around for the while for sure due to the sheer number of them and AA's financial situation.
MauriceB From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 2492 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 13151 times:
the MD-80's will be around for atleast 10 years... they have 300+ of them and so it would cost a lot to replace them all together at one time... so most likely is that the oldest will leave first , being replaced by a small number of 737-700/800 or whatever boeing comes with . think we might see the last MD-80 leave the fleet in about 15/17 years.....
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 13121 times:
AA is operating 300 MD80's???? I never realized that! Anyway if they indeed have new MD83 has the ones that came from TWA of course they will stay around for a good bunch of years. But if we talk about the Airbus A300 I think AA must be thinking seriously to start to replace them. Anyway thanks for your feedback! I guess I will have my day flying the A300 but the MD80 I'll have a few more years to try too!
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4527 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 13067 times:
Yes sure the ideal MD-80 replacement would be the B737-700, as stated American already operates the 800 and has a few more of those on order waiting to be delivered in one or two years from now, but as you certainly know American isn't in a very good shape financially to buy new aircraft, they are struggling to avoid having to file CH11 BK protection. However by the time American recovers from losses, Boeing will probably announce a NG737 replacement (probably the 797 that will have the same technology as the 787 and will replace both the 757 and the 737 2nd and 3rd generation) so American will likely opt for that one, unless they choose the 737-900X as 757 replacement. I think that either they go for the new airplane Boeing will announce or they order additional NG737's if delivery slots are not secured, in other worlds if they need additional aircraft and the delivery schedules for the new airplane are already filled for the short term future.
MauriceB, the oldest MD-80 has already left the fleet and is unlikely to return to service with AA, the older 767-200's as well. If you look at pictures of AA 767-200's scrapped in the Southwestern desert you will probably see a few MD-80's scrapped as well. The oldest MD-80 is over 20 years old. But yes it is true that the youngest one is only 5 years old and is the last one to come out of the McDD assembly line, so you will likely see them until the end of next decade. I'm not sure upgrading the engines to meet Stage IV requirements would be an economical solution, because eventhough the engine may be much quieter and the fuel consumption may decrease, the airframe will increase in age and will more likely face metal fatigue. Whenver an aircraft reaches a certain number of cycles, it goes to retirement. Same kind of discussion as when a thread about NW DC-9's comes up regularly.
The A300-600 has, like you said, been around since 1989, the last one being delivered in 1993, but they are not yet due to be retired. Although American Airlines and Airbus are not "friends" anymore for two reasons, one is keepeing flying the aircraft bare metal and the other is flight 587, they(AA) are likely to keep operating their 34 A300's (they had 35 minus one that crashed) for several more years, I would say until eary next decade, on the East Coast and Latin America sectors. They will continue to be based in JFK and MIA. The A300 has a lot of cargo capacity so it suits best the airline to fly them out mostly out of MIA. I would certainly like to fly on one of those again. I expect the last A300 to leave the fleet in 2015 at the latest. As discussed in other replies above, there isn't a newer aircraft at Boeing that exactly matches the A300 capacity pax and/or cargo so replacing it with 787-3/8's and additional 777's would make sense, the 787 that AA could order will replace first the 767-200's and then the oldest 767-300ER's. Those date from the 80's.
My understanding is that the baseline version of the 787 will replace the A300 and the 767-200, and the long range version of the 787 will later on replace the 767-300ER but that's not for the near future.
A388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10519 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 12943 times:
As the others have said: A300-600 will be 787 and MD80s will be 737NG. This has probably been discussed a lot too, but will Boeing be able to paint the 787 in bare metal (silver) colours as the 787 will be using a composite fuselage?
Tavong From Colombia, joined Jul 2001, 866 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 12789 times:
Quoting American 767 (Reply 7): The A300-600 has, like you said, been around since 1989, the last one being delivered in 1993, but they are not yet due to be retired. Although American Airlines and Airbus are not "friends" anymore for two reasons, one is keepeing flying the aircraft bare metal and the other is flight 587,
Excuse my ignorance but can you explain me why keeping the plane flying bare metal is a problem for Airbus???
Just put me on any modern airliner and i will be happy, give me more star alliance miles and i will be a lot more happy.
Atrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5717 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 12769 times:
Quoting Tavong (Reply 10):
Excuse my ignorance but can you explain me why keeping the plane flying bare metal is a problem for Airbus???
Composite materials which is not bare metal, it had to be painted a light gray for awhile.
Quoting American 767 (Reply 7): but as you certainly know American isn't in a very good shape financially to buy new aircraft, they are struggling to avoid having to file CH11 BK protection.
I wouldn't call it struggling. AA has nearly 2 or 3 Billion in cash reserves. FAR more then any airline has. If they wanted to, they could pay for planes right now. But they are simpling withholding at the moment.
Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8245 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 12612 times:
In my humble opinion, I think AA may be looking at a long-life extension program for the MD8x fleet like what NW did with their DC-9 fleet.
We'll definitely see interior upgrades and possibly cockpit upgrades, and I wouldn't be surprised that AA maybe considering a re-engining program that replaces the original JT8D-217/219 engines with something like the PW6024 engine for lower fuel burn and compliance with future noise and exhaust emission regulations.
As for the A300B4-600R replacement, AA might be looking at the 787-9, but in a special lower-MTOW variant with about 5,500 to 6,000 nautical mile still-air range for use on Caribbean and some South American routes.
LMP737 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 4891 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 12577 times:
Quoting RayChuang (Reply 13): We'll definitely see interior upgrades and possibly cockpit upgrades, and I wouldn't be surprised that AA maybe considering a re-engining program that replaces the original JT8D-217/219 engines with something like the PW6024 engine for lower fuel burn and compliance with future noise and exhaust emission regulations.
If reengining of the MD-80's were to occur my money would be on the BR715. What suprises me is that a company like Aviation Partners has not come up with a winglet for the MD-80.
BoeingBus From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1605 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 12520 times:
MD80 fleet will stick around for awhile.... At this point, AA is going to hold out for the new generation narrow bodies. I can AA being a launch customer for the new 737 or A320.
A300 replacement is more likely sooner rather than later. A300 is a great cargo freighter so I can see AA ditching those birds to UPS, FedEx or some Asian Cargo joint. 787 is a natural choice for AA. For one reason alone, Airbus doesn't have anything that stacks up to the 783 and 8. I think many here read too much into Flight 587. Yes, there was a major disagreement and lawsuites but at the end AA needs to get great pricing so there will always be a A vs B competition. At this point, Airbus can underprice a bit for the largest airlines in the world.
Just my 2 cents.
As far as your flight experience CV, the MD80 is a great bird. A300's interior are, how should I put it, old and almost falling apart. AA is not investing any money in the A300 fleet. You will also notice that AA and as with most legacy airlines in the states due to all the layoffs and such... the flight attendants are old hags. They look tired and don't always put the best foot forward. So don't expect great service just wrinkles and a frown. lol... You need to try JetBlue as it's an amazing experience and by far the best service. Plus, all new A320 and soon E190's.
N328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6606 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 12486 times:
Quoting American 767 (Reply 7): Yes sure the ideal MD-80 replacement would be the B737-700, as stated American already operates the 800 and has a few more of those on order waiting to be delivered in one or two years from now, but as you certainly know American isn't in a very good shape financially to buy new aircraft, they are struggling to avoid having to file CH11 BK protection.
Uh, AA is not "struggling to avoid having to file CH11."
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.' T.Roosevelt
LY4XELD From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 858 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 12388 times:
Quoting JAM747 (Reply 12): What did AA replace the older 767-200 with? I just read in Airways magazine that they retired some a few years back and some were scrapped.
Those aircraft have been in ROW for a long time and, to my knowledge, weren't replaced with anything. Sadly, tail numbers 301 and 302 are now history as they were cannibalized for parts and met their fate with a airplane eater.
Quoting BoeingBus (Reply 16): I can AA being a launch customer for the new 737 or A320.
I would bet my bank account that AA will not buy an A320. Maintenance programs that are currently in place would work much better with a Boeing aircraft and at less expense than introducing a new (compared to the A300) Airbus aircraft.
Gigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 80
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 12076 times:
Quoting CV990 (Reply 5): But if we talk about the Airbus A300 I think AA must be thinking seriously to start to replace them.
Why? There is no replacement for them at this point, and they're cash cows.
Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 11): Composite materials which is not bare metal, it had to be painted a light gray for awhile.
That's not entirely it... it also had to do with the type of aluminum used and Airbus didn't want to warrant the plane without paint.
Quoting RayChuang (Reply 13): As for the A300B4-600R replacement, AA might be looking at the 787-9, but in a special lower-MTOW variant with about 5,500 to 6,000 nautical mile still-air range for use on Caribbean and some South American routes.
what? Why? The 787-9 is much much bigger than the A300 and certainly much heavier. The 787-3 is the right size for this application, but is less capable and heavier.
As I've said before, I'm dubious of the value of the 787-3, but have no doubt it will be AA's choice to replace the A300 and the only plane on the market to really do it,
Quoting Luisca (Reply 15): Isnt the 787-9 a perfect A300 replacement in term of passenger and cargo capacity?
Ckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 12069 times:
I asked a friend of mine who is a pilot with AA what he thought would happen to the MD-80 fleet. He feels that there is some chance that down the road, AA will replace the oldest 40 to 60 MD-80s with 737NGs, either the -700 or the -800 series.
The rest of the fleet could undergo enough upgrades (engines, avionics, etc.) that it would last until Boeing rolls out the replacement for the 737NG, based on 787 technology.
For agreeing to the Boeing/McD merger, the EU required Boeing to drop the contract language that made it the exclusive aircraft supplier for AA, CO, and DL. But AA still is obligated to buy about 625 aircraft over a 20-year period, starting in either 1998 or 1999. I think AA has taken delivery of around 200 aircraft, so AA still has 13 or 14 years to buy another 425 aircraft.
Commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 12959 posts, RR: 62
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 12047 times:
Quoting Gigneil (Reply 19): Why? There is no replacement for them at this point, and they're cash cows.
Quite simply, they are pieces of junk.
The planes have an atrocious maintenance record, they are the most unreliable aircraft in the fleet, and they cost millions in inventories, labor, and out-of-schedule time as a result. In addition, the planes are completely non-standard with the rest of the fleet at this point and are a very small fleet to justify all the costs for. The only reasons why the A300s are still flying are -- as you say -- that they make tons of money (because of the cargo capacity only, not because of their reliability or superior economics, I assure you) and because to this point there was not a suitable replacement that AA could afford.
Well, all that is changing. AA is desperately trying to simplify its fleet and get rid of small fleet types that no longer justify the expense of their operations. The A300 is the definition of this type of fleet. A suitable replacement will soon be available, as the 787-3 in a 2-class layout will be a perfect A300 replacement in both passenger and freight capabilities, and thus I fully expect that AA will probably order them at some point in the next few years.
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12319 posts, RR: 51
Reply 24, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 11413 times:
Quoting Gigneil (Reply 19): The 787-3 is the right size for this application, but is less capable and heavier.
?? How do you know that? Boeing is looking at a 3500nm range for the B-787-300, but no firm decision has been made on range, or cargo carrying capability. BTW, according to Airbus, the A-300-600R has a range of 4150nm. The B-787-300 might well be the last of the current Dreamliners to certify. So Boeing has a lot of time to adjust the numbers. It will have the same fuselarge as the B-787-800, but a much shorter wing. That's pretty much all we know now.
Also, how do you know the B-787-300 is heavier than the A-300-600R?
Quoting Gigneil (Reply 19): Why? There is no replacement for them at this point, and they're cash cows.
They may or may not be cash cows, but AA thinks of the A-300-600R as maintenance whores.
Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 23): Disregarding the "reliability" claim, the pressing factor of AA's A300 fleet is the fact that they are leased aircraft. If I remember correctly, the first set of leases are due to expire in 2009?
If AA does not extend the leases, then the dimished economics of dimished scale might hasten the departure of the remaining owned aircraft.
That's the bottom line. Thanks DfwRevolution.
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: As mentioned above, will the 787 be able to be made to look bare metal? That would be too bad if it could not.
: This is an oft-repeated question mark about AA and the 787. The 787 is almost all composite, and thus would not have the bare metal signature of AA.
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: This is really something that should be looked into further. Its clearly not the A300, so it must be American. N
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: Hi! Well let me now get to the AA MD80 affair! I could clearly see that although AA have a huge fleet of MD80's some of them ( the first 33 ones ) are
: No doubt about it!!! Maybe, but don't forget how bad is the current AA-Airbus relationship
: Perhaps as a formality, although I doubt even that. They may do it just to keep the European regulators quiet after they complained about the AA-Boei
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: We're prognosticating the order, whataboutme. N
: No, they haven't. Correct again, those are the only two U.S. airlines who have officially ordered the plane. They'll order it -- it's a matter of tim
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: Every single one of American's A300s will live on as a freighter. Every single one. N
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: "Only" 45 B777s is the, what 3rd largest fleet of them? 4th? N
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: In case it hasn't already been said, 336 MD-80s to be exact.
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