Updated fleet plans from two U.S.-based Boeing 787 operators include some 2022 deliveries but continue to slide units into future years amid ongoing uncertainty over when the FAA will allow resumption of customer hand-overs.
American Airlines is expecting its next Boeing 787 delivery in about 12 weeks—a time frame that has been locked in for several months, CFO Derek Kerr said. Kerr’s comments are the most definitive yet on when Boeing will have 787 deliveries—halted since April 2021—going again.
The airline said help in the form of new staff members is on the way. Some 1,800 flight attendants on leave started to return Nov. 1, and the airline said it will hire 4,000 total staffers by year end.
Despite recent efforts by the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) to block the Northeast Alliance (NEA) between JetBlue Airways and American Airlines, JetBlue stresses the two airlines engage in solid competition outside the tie-up.
American Airlines and United Airlines are to increase service to Spain after the European country’s government confirmed that borders would reopen from June 7 to travelers who have been fully vaccinated.