American Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER and says the delivery represents another step in its plan to create the industry’s most modern fleet.
Headquartered near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, American Airlines is the first U.S. carrier to order and take delivery of the Boeing 777-300ER. To date, American has ordered 13 of the type.
The airline says its fleet of 777-300ERs will give American’s fleet additional network flexibility, while delivering increased efficiency and better operating economics.
“This aircraft will deliver a new level of comfort, connectivity, and convenience for our customers,” says Virasb Vahidi, American Airlines’ chief commercial officer. “We are especially pleased to be among the first in the industry to offer a combination of fully lie-flat seats with all-aisle access, international Wi-Fi, and state-of-the-art in-seat entertainment.”
American’s first Boeing 777-300ER was delivered on December 11 without the traditional American Airlines livery. Inside, the cabin is configured with three classes, featuring lie-flat seats in First and Business Class.
The airplane also is equipped with the Panasonic eXConnect Wi-Fi system, which Boeing installed during production, to keep passengers connected while traveling internationally.
American will first put the 777-300ER into service on its Dallas/Fort Worth-São Paulo route, with the type’s introduction into commercial service scheduled for January 31.
Subsequently, the aircraft is slated to fly to London Heathrow Airport from both Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and New York JFK.
The 777-300ER will feature a new exterior livery which American itself will finish on the aircraft after delivery.
Upon boarding, American’s customers will notice a dramatic archway and ceiling treatment and mood lighting, to continue the modern experience and the look and feeling of spaciousness.
A walk-up bar in the premium cabin stocked with snacks and refreshments will be a first for any U.S. airline, according to American.
Entertainment options include up to 120 movies, more than 150 TV programs and more than 350 audio selections, offered throughout the aircraft. Every seat will feature individual 110-volt AC power outlets and USB jacks for charging personal electronic devices.
According to Boeing, the 777-300ER is 19 per cent lighter than its closest current competitor (the Airbus A340-600), produces 22 per cent less carbon dioxide per seat and costs 20 per cent less to operate per seat.
The 777-300ER can seat up to 386 passengers in a three-class configuration and has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 kilometers).