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Take a Look at American Airlines’ New Boeing 787 Dreamliner

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

American Airlines flies its first Boeing 787 home.

Forget that 29 airlines have already taken 228 Dreamliners and that United, the first U.S. carrier to take delivery, now flies 14 of them including two stretched 787-9s and has already used the aircraft to open new innovative routes including San Francisco-Chengdu and Houston-Lagos. Scheduled to arrive in midafternoon, the airplane did not reach Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport until early evening and after sunset, disappointing aircraft buffs who had hoped to see it in full daylight. Even though its use is now widespread, the world’s most technologically advanced commercial aircraft is a meaningful symbol for an airline, much like driving a new Ford F-150 pickup truck is a meaningful symbol for a regular person. (Yes, both vehicles were developed by the same person, Alan Mulally.) American said its first 787 will enter revenue service in the second quarter, flying domestically between American’s hubs for several weeks before being launched on international flights. “We are committed to delivering a fantastic product for our customers with the continuation of our unprecedented fleet renewal program and more than $2 billion in improvements in the customer experience,” said CEO Doug Parker in a prepared statement. “The 787 makes our fleet younger and more modern and it will open up new possibilities to connect our customers to the places they want to fly,” Parker said. Including options to buy 58 more, the contract carries a list price of $5 billion, although American was understood to have received a healthy discount. American’s first Dreamliner will remain at DFW and undergo some finishing touches before it’s available for domestic and — eventually — international travel.

It’ll be parked at an American hangar there. “Once the plane arrives, the Tech Ops team at our DWH maintenance base at DFW will begin the acceptance process and prepare the airplane for flight training and other readiness activities, including putting the final touches on the interior and getting it ready for prime time,” American told employees in its weekly “Arrivals” newsletter. It features business suites, which include lie-flat seats, has a walk-up bar for customers at a premium price point, mood lighting, international Wi-Fi, and expanded entertainment options. Typically, anything we want fixed after we take delivery, American has to pay for, so this saves a lot of money.” AA pilot David Hensley, who piloted the first flight, told “Arrivals” that “our pilots are really going to enjoy the airplane. Bill Elder, the 787 fleet training manager. “Boeing has done a great job providing us with an aircraft that’s a game-changer, and now we can fly to markets that we never dreamed of in the past.” American Airlines says the Dreamliner will enter flight rotation sometime after April 1. It’s a very comfortable cabin environment, both for our crew and for our passengers.” According to FlightAware.com, the airplane has flown nearly 7½ hours since it first flew on Jan. 6.

For example, British Airways PLC, which in Texas had been flying only to Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston with larger aircraft, launched nonstop service from its London Heathrow base to Austin on March 3 using a Boeing 787. According to the Weather Channel, the winds are expected to be out of the northwest Friday afternoon, meaning that the landing will be from the south or southeast.

That also means the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport observation plaza at the northwest corner of the airport probably won’t be a good place for photographers or onlookers. Assuming a a south-to-north landing on one of the west runways, you might get a good view by parking along the outer ring of the Express South parking lot.

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