American Airlines debuts B787-9 Dreamliner on Madrid route

7 Jul 2016 by Tom Otley
American Airlines premium economy seat

American Airlines will debut its new B787-9 Dreamliner on the Dallas Fort Worth and Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) on November 4, 2016

The aircraft will also operate between DFW and São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) beginning November 4. Tickets for both routes go on sale July 10, 2016, although American Airlines says

“The new International Premium Economy service will launch in November and will be available to select customers before it goes on sale in early 2017.”

This means that the premium economy product will initially be marketed as Main Cabin Extra – economy seats with extra legroom. The seats are available for purchase at a slightly higher cost, but are also offered to high tier loyalty members.


DFW-MAD                                                        MAD-DFW

Departs DFW at 5:45 p.m.                              Departs MAD at 12:20 p.m.

Arrives at MAD at 9:55 a.m. (next day)         Arrives at DFW at 4:40 p.m.

DFW-GRU                                                       GRU-DFW

Departs DFW at 7:00 p.m.                              Departs GRU at 10:55 p.m.

Arrives at GRU at 7:05 a.m. (next day)         Arrives at DFW at 5:15 a.m. (next day)

The new B787-9 features 30 fully lie-flat, all-aisle access Business Class seats arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration; 21 Premium Economy seats in a 2-3-2 configuration; 27 Main Cabin Extra seats with up to 6 inches of additional leg room in a 3-3-3 configuration and 207 Main Cabin seats arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration

Every seat offers a personal Inflight Entertainment (IFE) with touchscreen, power and USB ports.

The onboard wifi is available throughout the aircraft (chargeable).

American Airlines Premium Economy amenity bag

The new premium economy is a leather seat with 38 inches of pitch with extendable foot, leg and head rests, personal on-demand entertainment systems and larger touchscreen monitors.

When flying international, customers will receive noise reducing headphones and amenity kits, and will enjoy “enhanced meal service with complimentary wine, beer and spirits” according to American Airlines.

“As the first U.S. airline to introduce Premium Economy seating on international flights, we continue to innovate new ways to meet our customers’ expectations with the products and service they value,” said Andrew Nocella, American’s chief marketing officer.

“The 787-9 is going to be a fantastic addition to our widebody fleet, with international Wi-Fi and an inflight experience that’s second to none. Our existing widebodies will offer Premium Economy as we retrofit our cabins and continue to elevate the entire travel experience with our $3 billion investment.”

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