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American Air to Put 141 Planes Back in Service to Boost Flights

American Airlines Group Inc. will take 141 aircraft from storage to support an increase in July service as travelers return to the skies faster than expected amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The carrier will reactivate 83 Airbus SE A320 family planes and 58 Boeing Co. 737 jets, spokesman Brian Metham said Tuesday. American joins Delta Air Lines Inc. in bringing back aircraft that had been parked as service was slashed when the spread of coronavirus and related travel restrictions nearly wiped out demand in April.

Moves by American, Delta and United Airlines Holdings Inc. to increase flights in July show that customers are starting to return, at least for domestic travel. While demand remains weak by historical standards, the trend suggests that the worst has passed. Bookings have focused on leisure travel, with routes added primarily to beach destinations, mountain states and cities with amusement parks.

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