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American Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, to go into service on October 14

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American Airlines on September 13, 2016 took delivery of the pictured Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from North Charleston, SC. The The first 787-9 is registered as N820AL (msn 40639).

The new type will be introduced domestically on October 14 between Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles.

According to American, the 787-9 will make its debut international flight between Dallas/Fort Worth and Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) on November 4. The aircraft will also operate between DFW and São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) beginning on November 4.

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American Airlines announces the first Boeing 787-9 routes

 

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American Airlines will offer inaugural service with Premium Economy seating on its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

The 787-9 will make its debut international flight between Dallas/Forth 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, 2016. Customers can start booking 787-9 flights beginning July 10.

Schedule: 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)

Aircraft Configuration

The 787-9 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
207 Main Cabin seats arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration

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American takes delivery of the first Alabama-built Airbus A321

American takes delivery of the first Alabama-built Airbus A321

Copyright Photo: American Airlines Airbus A321-231 WL N105NN (msn 5904) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 925666.

The first delivery of an A321 aircraft (N162AA) from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility to American Airlines took place on May 17, in Mobile, Alabama. On hand for the occasion were executives from Airbus and American Airlines and representatives of the more than 350 employees at the facility.

Airbus announced its commitment to build a single-aisle assembly line in Mobile, Alabama in 2012, and less than one year later, broke ground on the $600 million facility. The ceremonial inauguration of the plant took place in September 2015. The aircraft delivered today, an American Airlines A321, successfully had its first flight on April 19, 2016.

Airbus anticipates delivering four aircraft per month from the Mobile plant by the end of 2017. The initial deliveries will all be A320 Family aircraft with the Current Engine Option (CEO), but will begin transitioning to New Engine Option (NEO) derivatives in late 2017.

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American Airlines to early retire its Embraer 190 fleet

Embraer 190 fleet to be early retired by the end of 2019

Copyright Photo: American Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N950UW (msn 19000106) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403042.

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) management has decided to early retire its fleet of 20 Embraer 190s at the end of 2019. The E190s are operated mainly on Shuttle routes from its Philadelphia base. The company concluded the fleet was too small to economically maintain.

American has also decided to begin retiring its aging fleet of nine Airbus A330-300s in 2017. The A330-300 fleet should be retired by the end of 2018.

American is also reducing its Boeing 767-300 ER fleet to 17 aircraft by the end of 2018.

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Three U.S. airlines to apply for Cuban scheduled authority

The United States and Cuba have agreed to restore regularly scheduled airline services with a new bilateral agreement. American Airlines, JetBlue Airways and United Airlines have already stated they will seek service rights to serve Havana and other cities on the island. Charter flights will continue for now and there was no timeline given for regularly scheduled flights.

This will also mean the return of Cubana (Havana) to the USA.

In the past, when there was a bilateral agreement, Cubana along with Pan Am, National Airlines and Delta Air Lines previously flew between the two countries.

American Airlines issued this statement:

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American Airlines issued the following statement on the United States and Cuba reaching an arrangement that will permit scheduled air service between the two countries for the first time in more than 50 years.

“Today’s announcement is great news for our customers as it brings us one step closer to connecting the U.S. and Cuba with scheduled air service,” said American’s chairman and CEO Doug Parker. “As the leading carrier to the Caribbean and the leading U.S. airline to Cuba, we look forward to establishing scheduled service to Cuba in 2016, from Miami and other American hubs. We appreciate the Administration’s efforts and the hard work of the U.S. negotiators to reach this arrangement.”

Charter Service to Cuba

American has operated charter service to Cuba since 1991 with flights from Miami, Tampa and Los Angeles to five Cuban destinations: Camaguey (CMW), Cienfuegos (CFG), Havana (HAV), Holguin (HOG) and Santa Clara (SNU). American has been the leader in the U.S. to Cuba market for nearly 25 years. This year, American will operate approximately 1,200 charter flights to Cuba, more than any other U.S. carrier and a 9 percent increase from 2014.

On December 12, American expanded its reach to Cuba with the launch of new charter service, offering customers travel options between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) in Havana, and providing the only nonstop service between the West Coast of the U.S. and Cuba.

Next Steps

As a result of today’s announcement, American expects to submit a U.S.-Cuba service proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation and hopes for timely approval of its proposal to enable American to introduce scheduled service as soon as possible in 2016.

JetBlue Airways issued this statement:

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JetBlue applauded a landmark civil aviation agreement that will allow scheduled air service to resume between the U.S. and Cuba.

JetBlue will submit its application for new routes to the U.S. Department of Transportation once the airline has fully reviewed terms of the agreement and has clarity on the process and timing of assigning frequencies to U.S. airlines.

Depending on the number of flight frequencies available to the airline, JetBlue is eager to offer affordable service from numerous U.S. cities to multiple destinations in Cuba.

“We hope the next dot on our Caribbean route map will be Havana, and possibly even other destinations in Cuba,” Laurence said. “Cuba is the perfect addition to the JetBlue network. Over the last several years, we have become a leader in the Caribbean with our position as the largest airline in markets like Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic and an expanding presence across the region.”

JetBlue first began operating charters to Cuba in 2011 and now flies to Havana and Santa Clara from New York, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, and Tampa. JetBlue plans to continue operating charter flights with its partners as the process of assigning frequencies for scheduled service flights proceeds.

United Airlines issued this statement:

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United Airlines issued the following statement after the U.S. and Cuban governments agreed to reinstitute scheduled air service between the two nations.

“United Airlines congratulates the U.S. and Cuban governments on reaching this historic arrangement, which will strengthen ties and economic development between the two countries. We look forward to offering service between our global gateways and Cuba as soon as we have approval to do so.”

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American to add six American Eagle routes

American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N115HQ (msn 17000182) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402723.

American Airlines Group (Dallas/Fort Worth) on April 5, 2016 is adding six new daily American Eagle-branded routes per Airline Route:

Charlotte – Madison (CRJ700s, PSA Airlines)

Chicago (O’Hare) – Norfolk (CRJ700s, Envoy Air)

Chicago (O’Hare) – Providence (CRJ700s, Envoy Air)

New York (LaGuardia) – Kansas City (ERJ 170s, Republic Airlines)

Washington (Reagan National) – Cleveland (CRJ200s, Air Wisconsin)

Washington (Reagan National) – Minneapolis/St. Paul (ERJ 170/175s, Republic Airlines)

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Republic Airlines’ (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N115HQ (msn 17000182) departs from the Charlotte hub.

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American launches a new International Premium Economy seating option

American Airlines Airbus A330-323 N272AY (msn 333) LHR (SPA). Image: 930259.

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) today made this announcement:

American Airlines will offer customers even more choice by introducing Premium Economy on its international widebody fleet. Premium Economy will be available in late 2016, and will offer a new class of service directly behind Business Class, providing an enhanced product offering compared to the Main Cabin. This product will offer a new type of seat with benefits that include:

  • more legroom
  • wider seats
  • personal on-demand
    entertainment
  • noise reducing headphones
  • priority check-in and boarding
  • checked baggage allowance
  • amenity kits
  • enhanced meal service
  • spirits, beer and wine

New Planes and Retrofit Plans

American’s first plane with Premium Economy seating will be its Boeing 787-9, which is expected to enter service in late 2016. The 787-9 will offer Business Class, three rows of Premium Economy in a 2-3-2 configuration, Main Cabin Extra, which offers customers up to 6 inches of additional leg room, and Main Cabin seats. Premium Economy will also be installed on the Airbus A350, which arrives in 2017.

American will also add Premium Economy to all Boeing 777-300 ERs, 777-200 ERs, 787-8s and Airbus A330s (above) over the next three years.

The 777-300 ER will feature First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy, Main Cabin Extra and Main Cabin seating options for customers. All other retrofitted aircraft will continue to offer all-aisle access, lie-flat seats in Business Class, as well as Main Cabin Extra and Main Cabin seats.

The Boeing 767-300s will not be retrofitted with Premium Economy as those aircraft are scheduled for retirement in the coming years.

Premium Comfort

American Airlines Premium Economy seats with bulkhead footrest extended. (PRNewsFoto/American Airlines)

American Airlines Premium Economy seats with bulkhead footrest extended. (PRNewsFoto/American Airlines)

Customers sitting in Premium Economy will enjoy a leather seat featuring 38 inches of pitch, personal on-demand entertainment systems, larger touchscreen monitors with access to movies, TV shows, music and games, and noise reducing headphones (see above).

On the ground, customers will be able to check up to two bags free of charge and board earlier with priority boarding. In the air they will enjoy an enhanced meal service, access to global Wi-Fi connectivity, hours of on-demand entertainment, as well as complimentary wine, beer and spirits.

Top Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-323 N272AY (msn 333) departs from London (Heathrow).

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