American Airlines announces 787 Dreamliner routes, cabin configuration


American Airlines 787 Economy Seats; Photo courtesy of AA
American Airlines 787 Economy Seats; Photo courtesy of AA

American Airlines customers finally know a bit about what the carriers new 787-8 Dreamliner looks like inside and also where it will be flying. The company took delivery of its first 787 at the end of January and will be conducting the necessary training and familiarization flights with it before introducing it into commercial service. That first commercial flight will be a domestic hop from DFW up to Chicago on 7 May 2015. Tickets for the inaugural flight will go on sale starting on 14 February 2015.

Additional domestic flights will run for several weeks before the first international route – DFW to Beijing – is launched on 2 June 2015, followed closely by DFW to Buenos Aires on 4 June 2015. Boeing has four additional 787s currently in final assembly, pre-flight or awaiting delivery for American so by the time May rolls around the carrier should have sufficient frames delivered to run these routes without trouble.

In addition to announcing the new routes the company has also unveiled details about the interior configuration. The business class will feature 28 of the custom-designed seats currently being retrofitted into the carrier’s 777-200s. These seats offer a 1-2-1 arrangement and alternate forward and rear-facing seats in a herringbone-esque layout. There will be five rows (20 seats) of business class in the forward section of the plane (between the first and second set of doors) and two rows (8 seats) at the front of the next section.

American Airlines 787 Business Class Seats; Photo courtesy of AA
American Airlines 787 Business Class Seats; Photo courtesy of AA

 

Behind business class the economy class cabin will hold 198 passengers split up between AA’s Main Cabin Extra (48 seats) and Main Cabin (150 seats) sections. All economy class seats will be 3-3-3 and will offer a 9″ LCD screen plus 110V and USB power outlets. Main Cabin Extra seats will offer “up to six inches” of additional legroom.

American Airlines 787 Economy Seats; Photo courtesy of AA
American Airlines 787 Economy Seats; Photo courtesy of AA

The total seat count of 226 puts AA just above United Airlines‘ 219 seats on its 787-8s. And United has more business class (36 v 28) and more extra leg room (70 v 48) seats than American. American does have significantly more regular economy seats (150 v 113) than United does.

It is unlikely that the AA 787 will be particularly comfortable in the Main Cabin given the seat spacing and my prior experience on the similarly sized 777-300ER seats. But the Main Cabin Extra legroom and Business Class everything do look like pretty nice options if you can get them.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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  1. Seth – if one wanted to try to get on that first 787 flight, do you happen to know what time that would be? I see several, the first being the DFW – ORD 7am flt… Is that the one to watch for?

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