American buys more 737 MAX, defers 787-9 delivery.

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American Airlines said on Wednesday it has agreed to buy an additional 23 737 MAX 8 aircraft from Boeing by exercising existing purchase options and deferring the delivery of some 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

The airline’s move to boost its 737 MAX fleet comes at a time when domestic travel in the United States is staging a recovery, despite the disruption caused by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Reuters reported.

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American Airlines said in a filing that it intends to convert seven more of its purchase options for the MAX this year, bringing its order of the 737 MAX 8 aircraft to 30.

The company has deferred the delivery of 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft that was scheduled to be handed over in January next year.

Aircraft deliveries will now begin in the fourth quarter of 2023 and continue through 2027, the airline said.

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