|Quoting runway23 (Reply 21):|
It had been rumoured for quite a long time (a couple of years), that AA and Boeing had a gentlemen's agreement whereby AA could get a 787 within 18-20 months of firming their order. There were a few people who questioned whether the Airbus order might have led to this agreement being rescinded, although based on this order it seems this was obviously not the case.
announced it's intent to buy 787s, the agreement with Boeing to confirm the order was predicated on AA
getting a new contract with the pilots. If anything, it was a "carrot" to get the pilots to agree to a new contract.
I think the agreement also required AA
to firm up an order for each 787 a specified number of months ahead of a production slot. In theory, if negotiations dragged on, AA
could release a production slot without cancelling the entire order.
The day APA
announced tha the membership had ratified the tentative agreement, it was just a matter of time before AA
confirmed the entire 787 order.
My guess is that with the delays in the 787 program, AA
was not going to get 787-9s as first proposed under the initial agreement. Rather than wait for 787-9s while dealing with an aging 763 fleet, AA
was willing to convert some 787-9s to 787-8s to start of renewal of the widebody fleet. Then, AA
can decide what to do about replacing the 772s, when they turn 20 years old.