American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) on January 22 took delivery of its first Boeing 787-8, the pictured N800AN (msn 40618) at Paine Field near Everett, Washington. The new type was ferried home yesterday to the the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) home later in the day arriving to a formal welcoming party.
Above Photo: American Airlines. N800AN departs from an overcast Paine Field on its delivery flight.
American Airlines has now operated all of the Boeing-designed jetliners:
Boeing 707 (-123, -123B, -323B and -323C models)
Boeing 717 (designed by McDonnell Douglas as the MD-95, inherited from TWA but not officially operated)
Boeing 727 (both models)
Boeing 737 (-200, -300 and -800 models)
Boeing 747 (-100 and SP models)
Boeing 757 (-200 model)
Boeing 767 (-200 and -300 models)
Boeing 777 (-200 and -300 models)
Boeing 787 (now the 787-8 model)
American Airlines issued this statement:
American Airlines on January 23 officially welcomed its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. American took delivery of the airplane, a 787-8 with registration number N800AN, on Thursday at Boeing’s factory in Everett, Washington, and arrived in Dallas/Fort Worth on Friday afternoon.
Above Photo: American Airlines. The delivery crew of N800AN prepares for the delivery flight.
Above Photo: DFW Airport. N800AN arrives at DFW after its delivery flight from Paine Field.
American has placed firm orders for 42 Boeing 787 aircraft, with the right to acquire an additional 58. American will take delivery of both the 787-8 and 787-9 as part of the 42 firm orders. American expects its first 787 to enter revenue service in the second quarter, flying domestically between American’s hubs for several weeks before being launched on international flights.
American already has the youngest fleet of the U.S. global network carriers, with an average aircraft age of 12.3 years. In 2015, American plans to take delivery of an average of two new aircraft per week. These new deliveries will make American’s fleet even younger, more modern and more efficient and will provide a solid foundation for continued improvements in technology, products and services.
American is retrofitting its entire fleet of Boeing 777-200s and selected 767-300s, 757-200s and Airbus A319s to refresh the cabins and enhance the experience on domestic and international flights.
In other news, American has filed with the DOT to begin service between Los Angeles and Guadalajara and between Miami and Monterrey according to Daily Airline Filings.
Above Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. A sunny portrait of N800AN before the delivery day at Paine Field.
American Airlines aircraft slide show (current livery):
Video: A previous test flight of N800AN at a foggy Paine Field: