American Airlines Disses Airbus and Orders 47 Dreamliners

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The A350 fits more passengers than the two Boeing 787 models American ordered, but the aircraft are relatively similar in technology, range and passenger amenities. Boeing said the deal will make American the largest Dreamliner customer in the western hemisphere.

American Airlines (NASDAQ:) has (NYSE:), a contested deal that confirms the end of American's order with Airbus ().

American Airlines is set to more than double it's 787 fleet with an order for 47, with an option for 28 more.

The order includes 22 787-8's and 25 787'9s to add to its original order of 42 787's. Bloomberg on March 23 reported that American had ruled out a competing Airbus bid for the A330neo. It comes just weeks after Hawaiian Airlines dropped an order for six Airbus A330-800neo jets in favor of the 787, leaving that variant of long-haul A330neo with no customers.

American Airlines President Robert Isom said in a statement said: "This was a hard decision between the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350 and A330neo and we thank both manufacturers for their aggressive efforts to earn more of American's business".

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The airline will use the 787-8s to replace its 22 767-300ERs, and the 787-9s to replace its nine A303-300s and some of its older 777-200s, it says.

American announced the moves Friday.

'We are extremely honored that American Airlines is deepening its commitment to the 787 Dreamliner, ' said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president Kevin McAllister in a statement. Pictured is one of the 787s already in the airline's fleet. It is scheduled to take delivery of 60 737-8s through 2020, according to its latest fleet plan.

Airbus has said it has a series of ongoing sales campaigns for the A330neo with more than 100 airlines that now operate the older version of the plane.

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