American welcomes first Dreamliner

American's first Dreamliner took off from the Boeing factory on Friday
American’s first Dreamliner took off from the Boeing factory on Friday

American Airlines has welcomed its first ever Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The US carrier took delivery of the new aircraft, a B787-8, on Thursday (22 January 2015) at Boeing’s factory in Washington state. It then flew to American’s home base at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, where it landed on Friday afternoon.

“We are committed to delivering a fantastic product for our customers with the continuation of our unprecedented fleet renewal program and more than US$2 billion in improvements in the customer experience,” said Doug Parker, American’s chairman & CEO.

“The 787 makes our fleet younger and more modern and it will open up new possibilities to connect our customers to the places they want to fly.”

American has ordered up to 100 Dreamliners, including 42 firm orders and 58 options. Of the firm orders, 16 aircraft will be smaller B787-8s and 26 larger B787-9s. The first aircraft is expected to start flying domestically for several weeks before being launched on international flights later this year.

In addition to the twin-aisle B787s, American also has outstanding orders for four more B777-300ERs, and more than 200 single-aisle B737s and Airbus A320s. It becomes only the second US carrier to operate the Dreamliner, following United Airlines.

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