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American to fly B787-8 to Beijing and Buenos Aires

12 Feb 2015 by GrahamSmith
American Airlines has announced the first routes its new B787-8 Dreamliner will operate. The US carrier, which took delivery of the aircraft last month (see news, January 26), will first fly the B787-8 between Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago O'Hare from May 7. The route was announced in January as a B777-200ER service (see news, January 23). The Dreamliner will then be launched internationally between Dallas/Fort Worth and Beijing Capital International on June 2. Business cabin Business seat From June 4, American will deploy the B787-8 from Dallas/Fort Worth to Buenos Aires' Ministro Pistarini International airport. The airline said it will announce further Dreamliner destinations for 2015 in due course, as it takes delivery of more aircraft. It has ordered 42 B787-8s and B787-9s, with the option for a further 58. Andrew Nocella, American's chief marketing officer, said: "Adding the 787 Dreamliner to our network gives us the opportunity to increase our efficiency on long-haul flights across the globe and potentially open up new markets in our network." American's B787-8 is configured in two classes, with 28 fully-flat seats arranged 1-2-1 in business, 48 Main Cabin Extra (economy with an additional six inches of legroom) seats arranged 3-3-3, and 150 Main Cabin seats, also laid-out 3-3-3. Main Cabin (economy) Economy seating 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. aa.com Graham Smith
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