American anticipates more than 70 mainline aircraft in new livery

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American Airlines could have up to 73 mainline aircraft in its new soaring spirit livery by the end of 2013.

The Fort Worth-based carrier will paint the 59 new aircraft that it receives this year as well as repaint eight Boeing 737-800s and five Boeing 757-200s in the livery within the next six months, it says. Two Boeing 777-300ERs received in December will also sport the new look.

American's fleet of nearly 190 McDonnell Douglas MD-80s is unlikely to ever wear the new colours, it adds.

The airline will take delivery of 31 737-800s and eight 777-300ERs from Boeing, and 15 Airbus A319s and five A321s from the European airframer this year, according to a stock exchange filing on 16 January.

American will ultimately keep one 737-800 in the retro Astrojet livery and one aircraft in its current Massimo Vignelli livery once the fleet is entirely repainted, it says.

The carrier anticipates that it will have 610 aircraft in its mainline fleet at the end of 2013, according to the filing. This includes 15 A319s, five A321s, 226 737-800s, 90 757-200s, eight Boeing 767-200ERs, 58 Boeing 767-300ERs, 47 777-200ERs, 10 777-300ERs and 151 MD-80s.