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American Airlines orders 47 Boeing 787s with combined list price of $12.3 billion

Under American's fleet plan before Friday, the airline expected to fly five types of widebody jets going forward. American previously said the number of A350s it had ordered was too small for it to operate profitably.

American also deferred delivery of 40 Boeing 737 Max narrow-body planes to between 2025 and 2026. "In the end, our goal to simplify our fleet made the 787 a compelling choice".

The announcement marks the final nail in the coffin for Airbus, who desperately battled in vain to stop American Airlines terminating its order with them in a bid to simplify its sprawling fleet.

The company specified that 787-8s will replace American's Boeing 767-300s, while later 787-9 deliveries will replace Airbus A330-300s and older 777-200 widebody aircraft.

American said it will buy 22 787-8s, a smaller version of the popular jet, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2020.

Boeing Co has won a closely watched contest to supply 47 new 787 Dreamliner jets to American Airlines, beating European rival Airbus for the highly coveted order of widebody, long-haul aircraft. All of the new 787s will be powered by GE's GEnx-1B engines.

Recently, Hawaiian Airlines cancelled their order for six jets in favour of the 787, leaving that variant of the Airbus A330neo with no customers. "These new replacement aircraft are consistent with our previous plans for the size of our widebody fleet". The carrier said the revised schedule 'will better align with planned retirements of other narrowbody aircraft'.

"We see significant advantages to carrying common fleet types, including creating less friction in our operation when aircraft swaps are necessary, reducing inventory needs, and creating a more consistent service for customers and team members".

Adding more of the fuel-efficient Boeing aircraft will allow American to simplify its fleet and shed some of its oldest long-range jets. Boeing said the deal will make American the largest Dreamliner customer in the western hemisphere.

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