Fleet Retirements Affect Post-Covid-19 Planning for ASA Members

A number of airlines have announced that they will will accelerate the retirement of older aircraft types.  It is important for ASA members to be aware of these retirements so they can adjust inventory appropriately.  This table shows some of the retirements about which we are aware.  Many of these were retirements were already planned, but Covid-19 is causing the retirements to be accelerated.

If you know of other fleet retirements, please let us know and we will add them to the table.

Airline Aircraft
in Fleet
Link to
American Airlines Airbus A330-300 9 Link
American Airlines Boeing 757 34 Link
American Airlines Boeing 767 17 Link
American Eagle/PSA Bombardier CRJ200 19 Link
American Airlines Embraer 190 20 Link
Copa Airlines Boeing 737-700 NG 14 Link
Delta Airlines MD-88 47 Link
Delta Airlines MD-90 29 Link
Emirates Airbus A380 115* Link
Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 7 Link

* = 8 more A380s are pending delivery, according to the Emirates website.  It is unclear whether Emitrates plans to retire the entire fleet or just a part of it.


Updated May 17, 2020 to reflect Emirates’ plans

About Jason Dickstein
Mr. Dickstein is the President of the Washington Aviation Group, a Washington, DC-based aviation law firm. Since 1992, he has represented aviation trade associations and businesses that include aircraft and aircraft parts manufacturers, distributors, and repair stations, as well as both commercial and private operators. Blog content published by Mr. Dickstein is not legal advice; and may not reflect all possible fact patterns. Readers should exercise care when applying information from blog articles to their own fact patterns.

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