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American’s first 787 lining up at Paine Field for its delivery flight. (Picture by Ryan Krautkremer)

American Announces Plans for Their 787 Dreamliner

American Airlines, on Wednesday, announced its plans for its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.  This comes after a long wait and has made many eager to see inside of the new aircraft.  The interior configuration as well as the routes it will fly were revealed.

Across the board the 787 boasts features such as a lower cabin pressurization altitude as well as a more humid cabin, electronic window shades, and mood lighting.  These features are designed to reduce jet lag as well a make the 787 a very comfortable ride.  American’s 787 will seat a total of 226 passengers in a two class configuration. The 226 seats are eight more than on the Boeing 767-300s  in which the 787 is replacing

American's business class seat (Picture from American)

Business class seats onboard American’s 787 (Photo via American Airlines)


Business Class: Business class on the 787 will feature 28 lie flat seats.  All seats will have aisle access as the cabin will be arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration.  Throughout the business class cabin, the seats will be facing forward and backwards.  Each seat will be equipped with a 15.4 inch touchscreen Panasonic video monitor.  Business seats will also have plenty of power with a USB port as well as an AC power outlet.  Business class passengers will be offered an Amenity Kit, Bose noise-canceling headphones, and a pair of earbuds.  The entertainment system will feature over 250 movies, 180 TV shows, along with music and games.  Passengers will also have access to international satellite wi-fi.  A walk-up bar with drinks and snacks will also be available.


Three Main Cabin seats on American's 787 (Photo by American)

Main cabin seats onbord American’s 787 (Photo via American Airlines)

Main Cabin: The 787 will have 48 Main Cabin Extra seats and 150 Main Cabin seats.  These seats will be arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration.  Each main cabin extra seat will offer five more inches of legroom than a standard main cabin seat.  Seats will be configured with a 9 inch touchscreen Panasonic monitor with the same entertainment choices as business class.  Keeping your devices charged throughout your flight onboard American’s 787 will be no issue because even in the Main Cabin every seat will be outfitted with a USB port and an AC power outlet.  Passengers will also have access to wi-fi throughout almost any flight.

Main Cabin seating on American's 787 (Picture by American)

Main cabin seating onboard American’s 787 (Photo via American Airlines)

Routes: American will commence service with its 787 on May 7th when it will begin twice daily service between Dallas(DFW) and Chicago(ORD).  These flights will be open for booking on Saturday.  This will last for about a month before the 787 is shifted to international service beginning with the Dallas to Buenos Aires(EZE) on June 2nd.  Two days later, on June 4th,  American will put the 787 into service on the Dallas-Beijing(PEK) route.

American has a total of 42 firm orders for the 787 including 16 787-8s and 26 787-9s.  In the future, American also has options for 58 more Dreamliners.


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