As for the replacement of the A300, its unlikely that AA
would buy the A330, but as we have all learned in the airline business, never say never. The last thing that AA
needs at the moment is more wide-body, long range aircraft; its already unclear how AA
will utilize the 777s and 763s that it still has on order and will be delivered in the coming years. The last 763 order was made to replace the TWA mismatched fleet of 763s (which also had PW
engines instead of the GE
engines that AA
inherited, but those new aircraft are not really necessary as AA
seems to have little interest in continuing long-haul service out of STL
and would rather send its Europe/Hawaii pax on flites via ORD
, but that is another story.
decides to phase the A300 out of service, look for 777s to take over the routes that require the most capacity, 763s to fly the longer-haul segments, and 757s to take over whatever is left, including any and all US domestic segments still served by the A300s, such as some JFK
At some point, a few years off, if the airlines recover from the current continuing downturn and only if traffic numbers and yeilds take off so that airlines can start making some real money again, AA
could be interested in one type to replace the A300 and B762 fleets, that could be something like the 764, more 777s or an airliner, like the larger versions of the 7E7, which is not yet on the market.