MIflyer12 wrote:IAmGaroott wrote:Some of those LUS A319/20/21s are getting on in years. Anyone have insight on when their leases are up or when they're due for D checks? I have to imagine they'll be on their way out sooner than later.
The oldest 319s in the AA fleet are 21 years old. I doubt any with be retired soon.
The oldest 320 is just shy of 22 years old.
The oldest 321 is short of 19 years.
AA is talking about big reductions in CAPEX to improve cash flow. That requires a cut in new frame deliveries. The 319/320/321s will be flown to economic end of life.
I think that the 320s will be gone before the 319s and 321s will. It's not just how old the oldest one of each type is, it's the average age of the fleet for each type that also matters. Look at the average fleet of the 320s, it's significantly higher than that of the 319s and that of the 321s is even lower. Because remember, the 319s and 321s include a more recent order placed by LAA earlier this decade, but the 320s all come from US , some of them were with HP previously. If AA and US had not merged, only the 319s and 321s dating from an order placed in the early 2010s would be in the fleet, no 320s would be in the fleet.