American Defers A350s

American Airlines has reached an agreement with Airbus to defer the delivery of the A350 XWBs it has on order.

The oneworld carrier said that it had revised its timetable with the European manufacturer on July 18, which will see American receive its first A350 in late 2018 instead of spring next year.  It has 22 A350s on order, which are now expected for delivery between 2018 and 2022 with an average deferral of 26 months.

“This change reduces the company’s planned capital expenditures for 2017 and 2018 and provides capacity flexibility,” American Airlines said in a statement.

The carrier has also announced the initial routes for its incoming Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.  The type will make it international debut on the airline’s Dallas Fort Worth-Madrid and Dallas Fort Worth-São Paulo – Guarulhos International Airport flights on November 4.

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