An American Boeing 787-8 (N812AN) at LAX; the 787-9 is a stretched version of the -8
This story has been updatedÂ to include new information about the availability of premium economy and anticipated dates for domestic operations.
American Airlines today announced new details and routes for its newest addition to the fleet, theÂ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (789), which isÂ set toÂ arriveÂ in the lastÂ quarter of this year. While American already operates 17 BoeingÂ 787-8s (788s), four of the stretchedÂ -9s, with new business class seats and a cabin configuration to include a new Premium Economy section, will be delivered by the end of December 2016, with a total of 22 on order.
The 789s will initially be based out of American’s home base, Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (DFW), and on November 4 will commence service to Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) and Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (GRU).
AirlineReporter has received exclusive details on the inauguralÂ route the 789 will actually fly…
An American Airlines 777-300ER (N720AN) bound for SYD on the inaugural flight pushes back from Gate 41 at LAX.
Less than a week after coveringÂ American Airlines’ launch of their new Los Angeles-Sydney service, I found myself onboardÂ Flight 73 on a last-minute holiday down under. The route featured American’s flagship Boeing 777-300ER, withÂ my personal-favorite business class seat. In spite of holding status on both American and Alaska, whichÂ would entitle me to at least a little bit more legÂ and elbow room in coach, I willingly (!) chose to sit in a regular economy seat for a 15-hour flight… and managed to survive. Â A feat made even more impressive (or harrowing, depending on your point-of-view) by the fact that I was accompanied by my wife.
Now, I’d like to claim credit for taking one for the AirlineReporter team and be able to gloatÂ for makingÂ the trip, but I’m not as magnanimous as my colleague JL, who flew a Spirit Airlines Bare Fare “for science.” There were very strategic, practical, and self-serving reasons forÂ booking seats behind the curtain instead of in front of it.
I’m splitting my experience into two parts:Â first, about why I chose economy (this time), followed up withÂ my actual flight review of American’s economy service to Sydney.
An American Eagle CRJ200 taxiing at LAX, with an Embraer 175 following – Photo: John Nguyen | AirlineReporter
Let’s face it… the 50-seatÂ Bombardier CRJ200 isn’t very popular. Â At all. Â You’llÂ find countless articles and blogs about how much flyers dread flying in it, and how all-around terrible the experience was. Â Complaints were numerous: claustrophobic cabin, tiny overhead bins that fit only the smallest of carry-on bags, no first class, inoperable lavatories, and so on. This wasn’t limited to just one airline either;Â CR2s are found in the regional fleets for most of the major U.S. airlines. Â Coincidentally, manyÂ of them are operated under contract by the same regional carrier, SkyWest Airlines.
Does the CR2 deserve its bum rap? Maybe, maybe not (but probably). Â For someÂ passengers,Â however, there is hope just over the horizon…