American details seating plans for 737s, 777s and MD-80s

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American Airlines plans to increase capacity on its Boeing 737-800, Boeing 777-200 and Boeing MD-80 fleets, says president Scott Kirby.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier will increase capacity on all of its 737s to either 160 seats or 164 seats by installing slimline seats, he says during an earnings call today. Installations are scheduled to begin in the second half.

The aircraft are configured with 148 seats to 160 seats currently, according to American’s website.

The airline will increase capacity on its 777-200s to 260 to 289 seats from their current 243, says Kirby. The upgrades will begin later in 2014.

American announced in 2012 that the 777s would be retrofitted with up to 260 seats by removing the first class cabin and installing 45 lie-flat business class seats with economy split between main cabin and main cabin extra. However, the carrier’s management team prior to its merger with US Airways selected this configuration.

American and US Airways merged on 9 December 2013.

Five additional seats have already been added to the MD-80s, increasing capacity to 140 passengers, says Kirby.

The addition of seats to these three aircraft types, as well as rebanking its Chicago O’Hare International, Dallas/Fort Worth International and Miami International hubs, and creating more frequency fluctuations in the legacy American schedule, are expected to generate about $400 million in additional revenue annually, he says.

American had 226 737-800s, 47 777-200s and 162 MD-80s in its fleet at the end of 2013, according to a stock exchange filing today.