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American Airlines to keep Embraer E190s longer amid Boeing 737 MAX uncertainty

March 05, 2020
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American Airlines to keep Embraer E190s longer amid Boeing 737 MAX uncertainty
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American Airlines will fly the majority of its Embraer E190 fleet through the end of 2020 as uncertainty around when the Boeing 737 MAX will return to the skies persists.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier will fly 17 of its 20 E190s "through 2020" -- a timeline TPG understands to be December -- American spokeswoman Andrea Koos told TPG. The jets were previously due to retire by the end of the summer.

The move comes as American faces uncertainty around its fleet this year. The airline's 24 737 MAX 8 jets have been grounded since March 2019 with no return-to-service date on the horizon, and American continues to face delays getting new Airbus A321neos.

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In addition, the MAX grounding is forcing American to remove four small regional jets from its feeder fleet before June in order to comply with terms in its pilots' contract that stipulate the ratio of planes can be flown under its regional and mainline fleets.

American's move to extend the lives of the E190s, albeit by just several months, also comes amid a rapidly changing demand environment. Potential passengers have begun deferring travel bookings amid fears of the emerging COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.

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As a result, JetBlue Airways and United Airlines have trimmed domestic schedules by up to 10% over the next few months. Southwest Airlines has not reduced capacity but expects the disease to reduce revenues by up to $300 million in the first quarter.

Related: American Airlines may have to park regional jets as 737 MAX grounding drags on

American has waived change fees for travelers who book tickets during March amid mounting concern about COVID-19.

The Oneworld alliance member has yet to indicate whether it will cut domestic capacity as fears of COVID-19 spread.

Related: Could the coronavirus end the decade-long U.S. airline expansion?

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