By Emory Bryan, for News9.com
TULSA, Oklahoma -- American Airlines began the process Monday of replacing its MD-80 fleet with the arrival of its first new 737-800s in Tulsa.
A special ceremony was held at the American's maintenance facility at Tulsa International Airport.
The new airplanes, which go into service April 14, are the first of 76 737-800s that will arrive through the first quarter of 2011.
"Even as we battle many significant challenges, we must remain focused on our long-term future, which is what these new 737s represent," said Gerard Arpey, Chairman and CEO of AMR Corp. "While our MD-80s remain an important part of our fleet and continue to serve our company and customers well, our new 737s are a vital investment that will benefit our customers, employees, shareholders and the communities we serve. They will help keep our product competitive while offering cost, environmental and operational benefits."
American said the new airplanes, which will carry 160 passengers, will offer many cost, environmental and customer benefits.
AMR employs 7,000 people in Tulsa.