https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... th-448910/
Vasu Raja, vice-president of network & schedule planning at American states:
"There is definitely some growth built into our fleet plan," he says. "Buying new planes is just one way to achieve that growth. Others include using larger aircraft, flying them farther… or using our aircraft throughout more of the day, meaning scheduling them more efficiently."
The question referred to American's order for 47 787s, including 22 -8s and 25 -9s, in April. The airline emphasised at the time that the deal was to replace its Airbus A330-300, Boeing 767-300ER and some of its 777-200 fleets, and not for growth."
He also reiterated that the carrier is "always looking out into the future to evaluate our long-term needs" when it comes to aircraft."
Personally, I still believe AA will eventually operate both the 787-10 and 777X (The -9.) They are in a perfect position for growth and as time progresses, the need will arise.