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Fresh from Charleston: American Takes Delivery of Their First 787-9 Dreamliner

Photo: American Airlines

In reflection of their fleet modernization efforts, American has taken delivery of their first 787-9 Dreamliner. The extended Dreamliner variant was delivered to the airline on Tuesday from Boeing’s manufacturing facility in Charleston, South Carolina.

American’s new 787-9 Dreamliner has 285 seats, with 30 business class seats, 21 premium economy seats, and 234 economy seats. The aircraft is the first to feature the new premium economy cabin which is in a 2-3-2 seating configuration.

N820AL is the first of 21 787-9s currently on order for the airline. The 787-9 variant is approximately 20 feet longer than the 787-8, which American also operates, and can hold about 40 more passengers.

On October 4th, the new aircraft will commence service from DFW to London Heathrow. On October 6th, the 787-9 will fly domestically between Dallas and Los Angeles.

The new Dreamliner will regularly operate flights between DFW and Madrid, along with Buenos Aires starting on November 4th.

The 787-9 glistened in the Texas sunset upon arrival in Dallas earlier this week. Check out the photos below:

*All photos provided by American Airlines

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