It seems to me that with the announced increase in service to Japan, possible service to China, the long-discussed service to Hong Kong, and the rumored start of service to Vietnam, AA
needs more than 2 777s between now and 2010.
Deferring some of the 737 deliveries makes sense, but considering some of the MD
-80s will be turning 22 years, it would make sense for AA
to take delivery of even 2 or 3 737s each year between 2006 and 2010. Unless AA
plans to re-engine the MD
-80 fleet, AA
ought to consider a slow, measured replacement of the fleet.
The other question remains as to AA
's plans for replacing the F100s. A friend of mine who flies for AA
told me that Gerard Arpey, AA
's CEO has said that AA
can't go on indefinitely without a 100-seat airplane. There a a gap between the 70-seat CRJ and the 129-seat MD
-80, which becomes the 136-seat MD
-80 after MRTC is removed, that has made flight scheduling difficult.
Maybe, by deferring the 777 and 737 deliveries, AA
is allowing for the possible purchase or leasing of 717s.