American Airlines will defer the delivery of its A350 as part of a cost saving measure.

The A350 was originally expected to begin delivery in spring 2017, however, American Airlines and Airbus have agreed to delay this until late 2018 – a move that will save the Oneworld carrier US$500 million in 2017 and US$700 million the year after according to Bloomberg.

Those looking forward to experiencing the new B/E Aerospace business class seats and premium economy product will still be able to do so on the B787-9, which is still on track to be delivered in Q3, 2016.

The new products will also be progressively retrofitted onto existing A330-200, B777-200ER and B777-300ER aircraft over the next three years.

Speaking to Bloomberg AA’s president Scott Kirby revealed that the A350’s delay could result in an extended lease for some of the carrier’s existing older aircraft, or a cutback on its growth plans due to the “weak international environment”.

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Clement Huang