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Article from BTNews 19 SEPTEMBER 2016

American’s B787-9 for LHR

London will have its first sight of American Airlines’ new Boeing 787-9 on 4 October when the aircraft operates Flight 50 from Dallas Fort Worth to Heathrow. The carrier took delivery from Boeing last week.

It is the first of 22 B787-9s American has on firm order, with three due for delivery this year. It is also the first to feature the airline’s new Premium Economy Class, with 21 seats in a 2+3+2 configuration.

In total, the aircraft seats 285 passengers, which also includes 30 Business Class, 27 Economy with extra legroom and 207 Economy.

Elsewhere, American has begun its international B757 retrofit programme, with the first of a total of 24 aircraft completed and the rest due by the end of 2017. The narrow-body aircraft operates routes to Europe, including Edinburgh, Manchester, Dublin, Amsterdam and Paris, and to Latin America.

The B757 is the last aircraft in the international fleet to be retrofitted, with the B767-300s now complete and the B777-200 programme under way.

Two new seasonal daily flights linking Dallas Fort Worth with Rome and Amsterdam are being introduced by American between May and September next year. The Rome service will operate with the B777-200 and Amsterdam with the B767-300.


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