American continues narrowbody fleet interior updates

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American Airlines today outlined plans for further upgrades to the interiors of its fleet of narrowbody aircraft.

The airline will refurbish the interiors on its older Boeing 737-800s, which includes about half of the 152 in its fleet, and those on 51 domestic Boeing 757-200s, with new seats and inflight entertainment systems.

Similar upgrades to its 20 overwater Boeing 757-200s are currently ongoing and scheduled to be complete in the third quarter, says Robert Friedman, vice president of marketing at American.

Airbus A321s will replace American's remaining 54 757-200s during the next few years under its fleet renewal plans. Deliveries of the 130 A319 and A321 aircraft that American has on order will begin next year with deliveries of 130 A320neo series aircraft beginning in 2017.

The airline will also continue to receive new 737-800s that are equipped with Boeing's sky interior. It plans to have 154 aircraft equipped with the interior in its fleet by 2017.

Separately, the airline says it expects to finish installation of inflight wireless internet on all narrowbody aircraft by the third quarter of 2013 and on all remaining aircraft, except 767-300s that are scheduled to be retired, by the end of that year.

American has yet to select an overwater wifi provider. Gogo is its provider for flights over the continental US.