Yes, this has been discussed several times. AA
is likely to keep a number of 762s operational for their JFK
transcons......I dont see AA
's approach with low density 757s, at least not in the near-term future. While UA
's transcons out of JFK
are highly oriented to business travellers and the bi-coastal crowd and UA
's 762s often flew the transcons with lots of empty seats in coach, AA
does tend to fill up the 762s in all classes on its JFK
flights and is not looking to cut seating capacity. It will be interesting to see how the premium pax reacts to UA
's 757 transcon service - it certainly looks nice, but it will take several months after UA
's new product is introduced to determine if there are objections to the switch from widebody 767 service to narrowbody 757 service on UA
. Thus, AA
will wait and see.
As for 762 replacements, there are a couple of scenarios:
retires the 762s and re-assigns 763s to the transcon routes - I would think that AA
would arrange for a dedicated fleet of 763s to fly the transcons that would have a first class cabin. F class on the transcon flights is too lucrative to pass up. With adjsutments to the system wide schedules, AA
probably can come up with enough 763s to take over the transcon routes.
in the long-run does go to the 757 from transcon services with a special configuration - a la United.
3. The financial picture for US legacy carriers, and specifically for AA
improves, and AA
places an order for the 7e7 (in one or more versions) to replace the 762s, then the A300s and finally, over time, the 763 fleet.
There is no immediate pressure for AA
to do anything at the moment, many of the 762ERs are still rather young (delivered in the late 1980s) and the A300s also on average are only about 15 years old, so there is lots of time. If everything goes well, AA
would not be looking to accept new aircraft until about 2009 or 2010, which is just when 7e7 delivery slots will be available. As Boeing and AA
have a close working relationship, if AA
signs up for the 7e7, Boeing will work hard to accommodate AA
's delivery needs.