American Airlines announced Monday that it will defer the delivery of 35 Airbus aircraft.
The Fort Worth-based carrier had originally agreed to buy 10 Airbus A320 new-engine option aircraft in 2017 and another 25 in 2018. American will now receive those aircraft in 2021 through 2023, the company said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing made on Monday.
“The deferrals give us more flexibility on capacity,” said American spokesman Josh Freed in an e-mail.
Under the new agreement, American will not buy any A320neos in 2017 and 2018 and now has 25 A320neo on order for 2019 and a total of 75 A320neo purchase commitments in the next decade.
In 2011, American unveiled its fleet renewal plan that included purchasing 260 Airbus jets, with half of those A320neos.