Over the weekend, American Airlines removed the Embraer 140 (E140) fleet from its schedule effective May 5, 2021, according to data from Cirium and later confirmed by the carrier.
American’s vice president of network planning, Brian Znotins, told The Points Guy that “we are publishing our plans to phase out that aircraft type. As we continue to add larger regional aircraft to our system, the Embraer 140s are the first ones we are retiring.”
Cirium Fleet data shows that there are 31 E140s in service or in storage for American’s regional subsidiary, Envoy Air, with only eight actively flying for the airline. All of these aircraft were delivered between 2001 and 2003, making them an average of 18.8 years old. It also indicates that the E140 is based primarily in Dallas/Fort Worth, with a total of 810 round trips to cities such as Laredo, Texas and Montgomery, Alabama.
The E140 will become the last aircraft to leave American’s fleet during the pandemic. To date, the carrier has retired the Airbus A330, Boeing 757, Boeing 767, Embraer 190 and Bombardier CRJ-200.