American Airlines gets first Boeing 777 delivery
BY D.R. STEWART World Staff Writer
Thursday, December 13, 2012
12/13/12 at 4:18 AM
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American Airlines, whose bankruptcy restructuring hinges on $2 billion a year in cost cutting and the acquisition of hundreds of new aircraft, has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range), the plane that's expected to be the cornerstone of its international flying.
American is the first U.S. airline to order and take delivery of the Boeing 777-300ER, which will give the Fort Worth-based carrier greater network flexibility, increased efficiency and better operating economics, American executives said.
Virasb Vahidi, chief commercial officer, said the addition of the 777-300ER will provide passengers with a unique flying experience.
"This aircraft will deliver a new level of comfort, connectivity and convenience for our customers," Vahidi said. "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 has orders and will take delivery of 14 Boeing 777-300ERs through 2013, company executives said.
The 777-300ER's cabin is configured with three classes, featuring lie-flat seats in first and business class, officials said.
With a 600-aircraft fleet that averages 15 years of age, American has one of the oldest fleets in the U.S. airline industry.
"This delivery demonstrates American's commitment to transforming its fleet into one of the youngest and most fuel efficient in the industry," said John Wojick, senior vice president of global sales for commercial airplanes at Boeing Co. "The 777-300ER is an ideal airplane for American's fleet renewal effort, providing unparalleled operating economics, long-range capability, reliability and passenger comfort."
American executives said the 777-300ER will begin service between Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Jan. 31. The new aircraft also is scheduled to fly to London Heathrow Airport from both Dallas-Fort Worth and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, officials said.
The aircraft cabin features several innovations, including a dramatic archway entrance, ceiling treatment and mood lighting that conveys a feeling of spaciousness, American executives said.
The first and business class cabin features a walk-up bar stocked with snacks and refreshments - a first for any U.S. airline, officials said.
Entertainment options include up to 120 movies, more than 150 television programs and more than 350 audio selections that will be offered throughout the aircraft.
In addition, every seat will feature individual 110-volt AC power outlets and USB jacks for charging personal electronic devices, American officials said.
American's fleet renewal plan includes the addition of up to 100 Boeing 737-800s and 130 Airbus aircraft from the A321 and A319 families, with the goal of having the youngest fleet in the industry within five years, company executives said.
Delivery of new aircraft this year and beyond remains subject to approval by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane.
American began taking delivery of Boeing 737s with the Boeing Sky Interior in May 2011 and expects to continue taking delivery of 737s through 2017, officials said.
American also plans to take delivery of up to 100 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft beginning in 2018, company executives said, and will begin taking delivery of 130 Airbus "Neo" next-generation engine technology in 2017.
American Airlines’ new Boeing 777-300ER
Engines: two Trent 892s
Wingspan: 199 feet, 11 inches
Length: 209 feet, 1 inch
Height: 60 feet, 8 inches
Seating capacity: 247
Ceiling: 43,100 feet
Typical cruising altitude: 37,000 feet
Typical cruising speed: 555 mph
Sources: American Airlines, Boeing Co.
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The Boeing 777-300ER features lie-flat seats in first and business class. Courtesy
The Boeing 777-300ER's mood lighting is designed to convey a feeling of spaciousness. Courtesy