American Airlines To Retrofit Airbus A320ceo Fleet

Daniel Fowkes
13 Apr 2024
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 
American Airlines has signed an agreement with Airbus to retrofit its A320ceo fleet with the latest systems and avionics for pilots.

Airbus and American Airlines have reached a considerable agreement to retrofit 150 A320ceo family aircraft currently in service.

As part of the latest agreement, the focus will rest on multiple avionic systems and airframe upgrades deemed necessary to upkeep the aircraft.

American Airlines says the latest additions will finally bring modern features to the cockpit, focusing on improved weather event predictions. The newest weather predictability features are being achieved thanks to implementing the latest generation weather radar.

Features like these will allow pilots to make more precise decisions as bad weather approaches with more support than ever. Ultimately, retrofitting such as this with the latest systems is necessary for those controlling the aircraft to offer an even safer, more calculated, smoother journey.

Airbus notes that a new satellite-based Augmentation system with a multi-mode receiver will also be installed. Once in place, this would allow for GPS-based satellite navigation systems to have the latest data and technology. From this point, pilots can better approach airports after their flights.

Additionally, several other features are slated to be added as part of the retrofit; these include better air-to-ground communications thanks to new air traffic service units alongside VHF data radio.

Agreements such as these are crucial to the continued essential support process of these long-standing and reliable A320ceo family jets. The benefits of introducing the latest systems will boost harmony across fleet types, including most notably the A320neo family, which features extensively in the American Airlines fleet.

Multiple Agreements In A Week

Airbus’ agreement is the second in the same week that the manufacturer signed a deal with Air Canada to upgrade the systems and avionics across its A320 family fleet.

In this significant deal, up to 76 aircraft were included in a multi-year upgrade programme. The deals represent an important stage in the attempts to modernise Air Canada and American Airlines’ fleets.

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