American targets 2.7% capacity increase in Q3

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American Airlines anticipates an about 2.7% increase in capacity during the third quarter, as the carrier prepares to launch service on its new Airbus A319s and Embraer 175s.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based Oneworld Alliance carrier says that the increase in available seat miles (ASMs) is due to longer stage lengths as well as increased capacity to Central and South America, Mexico and South Korea.

American will introduce the first of 47 76-seat E-175s operated by Republic Airlines at its Chicago O'Hare hub on 1 August and its first 128-seat A319 at its Dallas-Fort Worth hub on 16 September.

The airline plans to add 10 A319s, eight Boeing 737-800s, one Boeing 777-300ER and four E-175s to its fleet for a net increase of six aircraft during the third quarter. It anticipates removing three Boeing 757-200s, four Embraer ERJ-135s and 10 McDonnell Douglas MD-80s.

Full year capacity is expected to increase 1.5% compared to 2012, which is in line with previous guidance.

American says that it has completed installation of its premium economy product, main cabin extra, on its 757, Boeing 767-200ER and -300ER, and MD-80 fleets, and is 95% complete with installation on its 737 fleet.