A plan has been revealed by JetBlue Airways to defer delivery on 16 Airbus A320s and sell at least six of the type this year.
JetBlue has been mulling options for its fleet since deciding to slow capacity growth for the year. During an earnings conference call this morning, JetBlue executives revealed that 16 A320s - which had been scheduled for delivery in the 2010 to 2011 timeframe - are being deferred until the period of 2012-2013.
The carrier has also brokered commitments to sell six A320s for 2008, including two sales announced during the previous earnings call.
Additionally, JetBlue exercised three E-190 options in the fourth quarter 0f 2007. These are due for delivery next year.
By year-end, JetBlue's fleet will comprise 110 A320s and 36 E-190s. "This may change if additional sales opportunities are realized," says JetBlue.
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