American swaps out 30 A321neos in order rejig

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American Airlines has cancelled 30 Airbus A321neos from its order for 130 placed in January last year, but is taking up 71 regular A320-family jets as part of its single-aisle fleet renewal.

The 71 aircraft, which accounted for virtually all of Airbus’s commercial activity during April, comprise 64 baseline A321s and seven A319s.

Lessor ILFC also removed nine A321s from its backlog.

But the A321 gained a new customer as Spanish budget carrier Vueling converted five of its A320s to the larger type. Lessor ICBC also converted two A320s to A321s.

An order for six Singaporean military A330 tankers and a single private A320 rounded off the airframer’s business in April.

Airbus has secured net orders for 142 aircraft over the first four months of this year, while Boeing had achieved 288 by 29 April.

It says the American order rejig “underscores the [baseline A320’s] sustained market appeal”.

The European manufacturer delivered 193 jets compared with 202 at the same point last year.

Latin American group LATAM converted three A319s to A320s while Taca converted an A319 to an A321.