American Airlines will advance delivery of 47 Boeing 737-800 aircraft it had ordered in March by as much as three years, the airline said today.
The first six of those fuel-efficient aircraft will be delivered in the first half of 2009.
American will replace 20-year-old MD-80 aircraft with the more fuel-stingy 737s.
American’s move to accelerate deliveries of 737s comes at a time when its Texas rival, Southwest Airlines, is delaying some deliveries of 737 to allow its passenger growth to catch up with its acquisition of new planes.
Southwest had been using its new aircraft in large part to expand its network while American plans to use its 737 to replace less efficient planes.