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Demand for Airbus MRO in Mexico exists, but is the supply there?
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Fleets in the Americas
The lucrative single-aisle market in the U.S. is dominated by orders for Airbus A320 NEO and Boeing 737 MAX narrowbodies as well as the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, a new entrant to the market.
Much of the order backlog in the Americas will replace aging aircraft rather than grow existing fleets.
Fleet data: Aviation Week Intelligence Network
Compiled by Rupa Haria
US Airways, which currently leases in two-thirds of its fleet, is increasing its Airbus narrowbody numbers with orders for Airbus A320s to replace its aging Boeing 757s, some of which have an average age of 27 years.
Aircraft in Service: 338
Aircraft on Order: 74
In addition to its order for 40 Airbus A320NEOs, Mexico's Interjet will add 20 Superjet 100s to its CFM-powered A320 fleet.
Aircraft in Service: 38
Aircraft on Order: 64
Mexico's Volaris operates a fleet of all-Airbus narrowbodies and has a backlog of orders that will more than double its current fleet size. Thirty NEOs are among its order for 50 A320s.
Aircraft in Service: 42
Aircraft on Order: 50
Hawaiian Airlines has ordered 12 Airbus A330s to replace its aging Boeing 767s, which will more than double its existing fleet of 10 A330s. The airline also has an order for six A350-800s.
Aircraft in Service: 45
Aircraft on Order: 18
While SkyWest Airlines is a major Bombardier CRJ operator with a number of Embraer RJs in its fleet, it has opted for Mitsubishi's MRJ90 as part of its fleet replacement program.
Aircraft in Service: 322
Aircraft on Order: 100
Spirit Airlines, which operates an entirely leased fleet of A320-family aircraft and a single aging Boeing 737, has ordered 98 Airbus narrowbodies, including 45 NEOs.
Trans States Airlines
Like SkyWest, Missouri-based Trans States Airlines is an Embraer RJ operator that has opted for a fleet of Mitsubishi MRJs. It will be the launch customer for the type outside Japan.
Aircraft in Service: 24
Aircraft on Order: 50
Republic Airlines, a majority Embraer operator, is staying loyal to the type with an order for ERJ-175s. Its 29 Bombardier Dash 8s are leased in.
Aircraft in Service: 104
Aircraft on Order: 47
Narrowbodies make up the bulk of American Airlines' outstanding orderbook, with a mixture of Boeing 737-8 MAX variants and Airbus NEOs on order. A large number of aging MD-82s/-83s and Boeing 767s make up the existing fleet. It has ordered 42 Boeing 787s as well.
Aircraft in Service: 614
Aircraft on Order: 393
Southwest Airlines' all-Boeing-737 fleet is set to grow with orders for 306 of the type, including 150 of the MAX variant. But many of these new aircraft will replace the majority of its existing and aging 737 fleet, of which some are older than 28 years.
Aircraft in Service: 584
Aircraft on Order: 306
United Air Lines
United Air Lines has a mixed fleet—including Boeing 747s, 757s and 767s—with one thing in common: they are getting old. United is a 787 operator with a backlog of 55 more and 25 A350-900s on order. Boeing 737s, including the MAX variant, make up the bulk of United's narrowbody orderbook.
Aircraft in Service: 7068
Aircraft on Order: 285
Aeromexico is growing its all-Boeing fleet with orders for the 737 MAX and 787.
Aircraft in Service: 54
Aircraft on Order: 75
Canada's WestJet is adding 20 Bombardier Dash-8s to its all-Boeing fleet, along with more 737s.
Aircraft in Service: 103
Aircraft on Order: 54
AviancaTACA's young Airbus fleet will be joined by 15 Boeing 787-8s. Four more A330s will add to its long-haul fleet of the type, while A320s are the carrier's narrowbody choice. The airline also has 10 Fokker 50s with an average age of 19 years.
Aircraft in Service: 71
Aircraft on Order: 23
LAN's entire fleet is leased in, including its new Boeing 787-8s. In addition to more 787s, LAN has ordered Airbus narrowbodies, including 20 A320NEOs.
Aircraft in Service: 97
Aircraft on Order: 101
The average age of Allegiant Air's fleet is pushing beyond 25 years, but the carrier still has no replacement aircraft on order.
Aircraft in Service: 63
Aircraft on Order: 0
FedEx has Boeing 767 and 777 freighters on order, as many aircraft in its existing mixed fleet near retirement. Its Boeing 727s have an average age of 35 years, and its MD10s are closer to 40 years old.
Aircract in Service: 627
Aircraft on Order: 555
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