American Airlines on Monday said it had chosen the Airbus A319 and A321 — variants of the A320 aircraft — as part of its narrow-body order announced in July.
The third-largest US airline said the A319 aircraft will be powered by the CFM56-5B engine from CFM International. The A321 aircraft will feature V2500-A5 engines from International Aero Engines.
American Airlines said in July it would take delivery of 130 current-generation aircraft from the Airbus A320 family starting in 2013. The carrier plans to take delivery of 130 aircraft from the A320neo family, which features a new fuel-efficient engine, starting in 2017.
The planes are part of a giant order for 460 single-aisle jets worth up to USD$40 billion split between Airbus and Boeing. The deal calls for American to buy 260 Airbus A320s and 200 Boeing 737s.