American Airlines took delivery Tuesday of its first Airbus A319 during a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany.
American says this airplane is the first of 260 planned Airbus deliveries as it creates a new fuel-efficient fleet.
The new plane will offer customers modern technology and increased comfort onboard, including leather seats, Wi-Fi and in-seat entertainment throughout the aircraft.
"Everything about the new A319 aircraft has been designed with the customer at the center," said Virasb Vahidi, American's Chief Commercial Officer. "The introduction of the A319 is another important step in building a strong foundation for the new American. We're pleased to be partnering with Airbus."
In a news release, American Airlines said the new Airbus incorporates the latest in aerodynamic improvements including sharklets on the wings and other modifications to reduce fuel.
"It's our great pleasure to welcome back American Airlines to the Airbus family," said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. "With its introduction of the A320 Family, the airline is demonstrating its confidence in a single-aisle product that has proven to be a game-changer for airlines around the world. American is undertaking a major strategic evolution and we are pleased to watch the A320 Family becoming an integral part of the airline's future success."
American's A319s will begin service in September from Dallas/Fort Worth to select cities, followed by additional routes throughout the end of the year.
Initial routes planned for the A319 include service between DFW and Charlotte, North Carolina; Cleveland, Ohio; Memphis, Tennessee; and Wichita, Kansas.