American Airlines (AA) has detailed the first routes for its new B787-8.
American Airlines B787-8 Dreamliner
As previously reported by Business Traveller Asia-Pacific (see here), the US carrier took delivery of its first Dreamliner late last month. AA has a further 41 B787s on firm order, including 15 B787-8s and 26 of the larger B787-9 variant, with the right to purchase an additional 58.
Today, the airline revealed on Twitter that it would begin B787-8 revenue services on May 7 for flights between Dallas and Chicago. The fact that AA is first deploying its Dreamliner on a domestic route is unsurprising given that this is a common industry practice to facilitate the crew familiarisation process.
Business class cabin on the B787-8
International services for the B787-8 are scheduled to begin on June 2, when AA deploys the aircraft on its Dallas–Beijing route. This will soon be followed by Dallas–Buenos Aires, slated to begin two days later.
Economy class cabin on the B787-8
Bookings for the flights served by the Dreamliner will start on February 14, 2015.
AA has also revealed images of the B787-8 cabin seats. At first glance, it appears that the airline has decided to go for a similar business class product to those seen on its refitted B777-200s. In business, the 28 full-flat seats will be configured with a 1-2-1 layout, and feature 15.4-inch Panasonic touchscreen monitors, power outlets and USB ports.
Dreamliner’s business class seat
Meanwhile, AA’s B787-8 will also offer 48 “Main Cabin Extra” seats. These preferred economy seats offer up to five inches of additional legroom, as well as priority boarding over those seated in economy/ coach.
Dreamliner’s economy class seat
Finally, there will be 150 standard economy seats on the Dreamliner. Arranged in a 3-3-3 layout, each seat comes with a nine-inch Panasonic touchscreen monitor, power outlets and USB ports.
For more information, visit aa.com