American Airlines is making a big move to update its fleet by ordering 115 of Boeing's largest 737 MAX airplanes. The deal includes 85 new orders for the 737-10 model and the switch of a previous order for 30 smaller 737-8 airplanes to the 737-10 variant. Additionally, the airline has the option to buy 75 more 737-10 jets in the future. This order is a part of American Airlines' effort to keep its fleet modern and efficient.

American Airlines Gears Up for Sky-High Growth with Boeing 737 MAX Deal
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American Airlines Expands Fleet with Large Boeing 737 MAX Order

American Airlines' CEO, Robert Isom, highlighted the company's decade-long effort to improve and simplify its fleet. He noted that the new orders would support American Airlines in providing reliable service and a strong network for its customers. The addition of the 737-10 models will more than double American Airlines' current 737 MAX orders, supporting its growth strategy with more efficient jets for domestic and short-haul international flights.

The Breaking Travel News reported that the 737-8 model can carry between 162 to 210 passengers and fly up to 3,500 nautical miles. The 737-10, on the other hand, can hold up to 230 passengers and has a range of up to 3,100 nautical miles. It is known for offering the best economy per seat of any single-aisle airplane.

Stan Deal, the president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, expressed gratitude for American Airlines' trust in Boeing and the 737 MAX family. He emphasized that the 737-10 would bring greater efficiency and flexibility to American Airlines' global operations.

Over the next decade, American Airlines plans to add more than 180 Boeing airplanes, including over 150 737 MAXs and 25 787 Dreamliners, to its fleet. This move is part of the airline's long-term strategy to maintain a modern and efficient fleet.

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American Airlines Hikes Baggage Fees and Changes Frequent-Flyer Rules

American Airlines is increasing the price for checking bags and changing how customers can earn frequent-flyer points. Starting now, the fee for the first checked bag on domestic flights will go up to $35 online and $40 at the airport, from the current $30. The cost for a second bag will rise to $45 from $40. This is the first increase since 2018.

The airline, which is based in Fort Worth, Texas, first introduced baggage fees in 2008 as a way to deal with high jet fuel costs. These fees have since become a significant source of income. In 2022, American Airlines led the industry by earning $1.4 billion from bag fees.

According to AP News, for shorter international flights, including to Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, the fees for the first and second checked bags will also go up by $5. However, American Airlines will allow some passengers to check bags for free if they are elite members of the airline's loyalty program, buy premium-class tickets, or use an American-branded credit card.

Additionally, starting May 1, only customers who buy tickets directly from American Airlines, its partner carriers, or certain online travel agencies will be able to earn points in the AAdvantage loyalty program. This move aims to encourage direct bookings and simplify the ticket buying process for customers.

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