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A Flight on American's New 787 Will Be Top of Christmas Lists This Year

June 3, 2014 at 9:55 AM | by | ()

There's only one US airline flying Boeing's 787 Dreamliner in the US, but United will have to relinquish that honor once American Airlines joins the 787 party this year.

AA will be the second carrier in the United States to score a little Dreamliner action, and flight crew is already hard at work learning the ins and outs of the airplane. Depending on one’s experience, it can take anywhere from ten days to a month before getting the approval to move from the simulator into the real planes.

November is the month to look forward to a delivery, and after that it will be a couple more months before the first American 787 will fly passengers. As of now, AA looks to be on schedule for a first scheduled flight in early 2015, but we can always be hopeful that they sneak in a trip before 2014 comes to a close.

All in all, the airline has 42 of the 787s on order, but they’ve remained tight lipped about routes. Just like plenty of other carriers with new Boeings, it does seem like American will first test the aircraft with domestic routes before heading overseas. After all, the best Christmas gift we can think of for holiday 2014 would be a pair of tickets on an AA 787 to wherever becomes its first international destination.

[Rendering of 787 / 737: American Airlines]

Archived Comments:

Is it more comfortable?

I was wondering if the 787 is more comfortable in economy than other Boeing big jets? I am NOT talking about entertainment or electrical outlets. Is the average economy seat in this plane an improvement for room and comfort? It costs more to fly on the plane, but if its not an improvement than why bother? I'll stick with the 747 to Asia. Thank you!

Little to do with Boeing

Boeing has little to do with the comfort of the aircraft. It is the airlines that choose the seats and configuration. However, what Boeing CAN control...yes it is more comfortable. Specifically the lower cabin pressure, humidity control, larger windows and lighting control.