to add to the previous reply:
the lease does not run out. It's like... insane terms. They are leased from Airbus directly, I believe. The leases may be terminated at any time, with just one month's notice, at NO COST- not penalties, no fees, just a smile and a handshake.
Aside from tails falling off and cabin pressurization problems, I think they have been reliable birds.
They were ordered in a scheme of strong-arm tactics with Boeing. Boeing made AA
mad over some issue with 767s being configured... not AA
's way, so AA
said, "We're going to order A300's." And Boeing said, "Ha, we'll believe that when we see it." And AA
said, "oh yeah?" So they went to Airbus and did just that- 35 of the bloomin' things!
Well, Boeing gave in and configured the 767s the way AA
wanted them. IIRC, it was an issue of available engines.
Seriously though, you need to do a search for this topic- it comes up monthly, and there is a wealth of information on this webiste that has been discussed to death. You may find info that proves me incorrect!
Have a good Friday.