The original A-300 order was placed concurrently with a B-763 order in the late 80's when AA
successfully negotiated a 30 day cancellation clause in the leases.
If my memory serves correct, that clause was good for teh first 10 years of the lease from Airbus, and I think it applied to at least a few of the 763's ordered at that time also.
My guess would be that by now the 10 yr time frame has passed on all planes covered by it and they are on for tehremainder of the lease. It also seems that those leases were for 20-25 years total, so as mentioned in someone elses remarks the aircraft are only 10-13 years into the lease..may years left to go.
As has been mentioned in several threads covering this topic, the A-300's for AA
are very mission speciifc...feed MIA
from select (mostly now east coast) cites, and serve the Caribbean basin destination as well as northern Latin American and Central American cities.
They carry tremendous amounts of cargo, and that is a money maker!!!
I had a cargo forwarder tell me one time that on some of those flights, the cargo revenue is close to covering the costs of the flight, and PAX revenue is then gravy.
As a matter if fact, I wish AA
would put at least one 767 flight back in the schedule from SEA
so I can use AA
for my shipments to SJU
All in all, the A-300's will remain an important and profitable component of the fleet for a long time to come.