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.
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)
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
Air Lease Corporation (ALC) (Los Angeles) has announced long term lease agreements with EVA Air (Taipei) for four new Boeing 787-9s and two new Boeing 787-10s. These aircraft are from ALC’s Dreamliner order book with Boeing and will deliver from mid-2018 through early 2020. These placements will bring the number of new Boeing widebody aircraft that EVA Air will lease from ALC to ten, including four Boeing 777-300 ERs already contracted.
Air Lease Corporation (ALC) (Los Angeles) has announced an agreement to lease two new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv). Both aircraft are on long-term lease from ALC’s order book with Boeing and are scheduled to be delivered to Israel’s flag carrier airline in the third quarter and early fourth quarter of 2017. These new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft will replace older Boeing 747-400s in El Al’s fleet and will be the first two 787s for the airline.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) yesterday (November 26) issued this statement and video:
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today launched a light-hearted unboxing movie featuring the latest addition to its fleet: the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The short film shows the Boeing 787 Dreamliner being “unwrapped”, as it were. KLM is the world’s first airline to present a new aircraft in this way.
Unboxing is an internet phenomenon, whereby people film the moment they unbox their latest acquisition or unwrap a gift, posting the moment on social media. This novel approach to opening packages is highly popular at the moment, particularly when it comes to new technological gadgets, such as phones and robots. KLM decided to play along with this trend, unboxing its brand-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In the movie, the hangar serves as the box, which is opened to reveal the entire aircraft.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner joined the KLM fleet earlier this month. The new addition operated its first commercial flight on Monday, November 23, to Abu Dhabi/Bahrain. This is the first of a total of 21 Boeing 787 Dreamliners that will eventually join the KLM fleet.
United Airlines (Chicago) has announced that it has reached an Agreement in Principle with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) for a contract extension covering the airline’s more than 12,000 pilots more than a year ahead of the amendable date of the current contract. The agreement is subject to a ratification process which includes final documentation, review, and consideration by the ALPA Master Executive Council.
United has joint collective bargaining agreements covering the majority of its represented employees and recently announced that it will open contract negotiations early for the airline’s ramp service and passenger service agents, storekeepers, load planners, maintenance and fleet technical instructors, and other groups represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The airline is also engaged in mediated negotiations with the Association of Flight Attendants and recently announced an agreement with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to put a proposed joint collective bargaining agreement out for ratification by the company’s technicians and related employees.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N38955 (msn 37814) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.
United Airlines aircraft slide show (current livery):
Boeing and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are celebrating the delivery of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner (PH-BHA). Over the coming years the 787 will play a key role in the Dutch flag carrier’s fleet renewal and expansion. KLM acquired this airplane through leasing company AerCap.
In addition to today’s delivery, the Air France-KLM Group has 19 787-9s and six 787-10s on order and will lease 12 787s through AerCap. KLM will operate its first 787-9 on its Amsterdam – Abu Dhabi – Bahrain service.
The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 6 meters (20 feet) over the 787-8, the 787-9 can fly up to 20 percent more passengers and 23 percent more cargo farther yet with the same exceptional environmental performance – 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace.
KLM was founded in 1919, and is the oldest airline still operating under its original name. Based at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, KLM is part of the Air France-KLM Group and serves 135 destinations worldwide. Over the past half century KLM has taken delivery of more than 200 Boeing airplanes.
Air Canada (Montreal) on November 1, as planned, inaugurated new service between Toronto (Pearson) and Delhi . The new route offers the only nonstop flight between Canada and the Indian subcontinent and is the first to be dedicated for Air Canada’s Boeing 787-9 series aircraft, the most modern aircraft in its fleet.
The service will operate four-times-weekly, going to daily in 2016.
Additionally, with the departure of flight AC056, Air Canada on November 3 will inaugurate new service between Toronto (Pearson) and Dubai , the newest addition to its growing international network.
The three-times-weekly service to Dubai will be operated with the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in a three cabin configuration, including next generation lie-flat seats in International Business Class, a Premium Economy cabin, and upgraded In-Flight Entertainment available at every seat throughout the aircraft.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FNOE (msn 35265) is tugged at the Toronto hub.