American Airlines has taken delivery of its first B787-8 Dreamliner.
The carrier said it expects to enter the aircraft — which is is schedueld to fly from Boeing’s Everett, Washington, headquarters to Dallas/Fort Worth on Friday — into service in the second quarter of this year.
It has ordered 42 B787-8s and B787-9s, with the option for a further 58.
Doug Parker, American’s chairman and CEO, said: “We are committed to delivering a fantastic product for our customers with the continuation of our unprecedented fleet renewal program and more than $2 billion in improvements in the customer experience.
“The 787 makes our fleet younger and more modern and it will open up new possibilities to connect our customers to the places they want to fly.”
American is currently in the process of a $2 billion improvements programme. This will see the introduction of upgrades including fully-flat seats on international long-haul aircraft; international wifi; a new design for Admirals Club lounges wordlwide.
The airline is also retrofitting its entire fleet of B777-200 aircraft and selected B767-300s, B757-200s and A319s.
American will launch two new daily services to Birmingham and Edinburgh from New York JFK in May (see news, November 3).