Austin787 wrote:AA is in the process of streamlining its fleet by reducing aircraft models. The A321LR makes sense for AA, since they operate A321s. While a Boeing NMA, if launched, would be a new aircraft type.
I totally agree with you. The A321LR would be the perfect 757 replacement. But now the question is: If they decide to move forward with it, are they going to place a new order or convert some of the NEOs they currently have on order?
One other question is if they still want the remaining 76 MAX they still have on order. I am not 100% sure American is really happy with the MAX. They seem a lot happier with the A321, CEO Doug Parker loves the Airbus narrowbodies. So it is, not likely but not impossible either, that they will decide not to take the 737 MAX they still have on order. I am not saying this because of the grounding following the two major disasters, it sure doesn't make things any easier, but it isn't the sole reason I say that. Other things that make me say that is they got negative feedback from customers flying on the MAX (too cramped, not enough leg room and tiny lavatories) and also they deferred delivery schedules already prior to the grounding.
They have to think seriously and ask themselves the following question" "The MAX, do we really want it in our fleet?".
Because if they choose not to continue with the MAX then they will order more A321s, NEOs of course, and in that case the LR version could be ordered as a new order.