American Airlines will more than double its B787 Dreamliner fleet with a new order for 47 of the aircraft – 22 B787-8s and 25 B787-9s – plus 28 options. The 47 B787s are valued at more than USD12 billion at list prices and makes American Airlines the largest B787 customer in the Western Hemisphere.
American originally ordered 42 B787 Dreamliners and has been using what it described as the aircrafts’ “tremendous fuel efficiency and superior passenger amenities” to open new routes around the world, including Asia Pacific and Europe, as it boosts its network efficiency.
While American still has more aircraft on the way from its initial order, the airline is buying the additional Dreamliners to further modernise and expand its fleet, it said.
“We are extremely honoured that American Airlines, is deepening its commitment to the 787 Dreamliner. This new order is a powerful endorsement of the 787 family’s unique passenger appeal and unmatched ability to help airlines open new routes and grow profitably,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Kevin McAllister.
Built with lightweight composite materials and powered by advanced engines, the Dreamliner family lowers operating costs by more than 20 per cent compared to previous aircraft, and nearly 10 per cent compared to today’s competing aircraft, according to Boeing.
American becomes the latest airline to place a repeat order for the B787 Dreamliner. More than half of the programme’s 71 customers have done so, which has helped the B787 programme achieve more than 1,350 orders to date.
“We are showing again and again that the B787 Dreamliner is the champion in its class. The aircraft’s tremendous value proposition explains why it has become the fastest selling twin-aisle jet in history,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company.
The B787-8 Dreamliner can fly 242 passengers up to 7,355 nautical miles (13,620 km) in a typical two-class configuration. The 787-9, a stretch of the 787-8, can fly 290 passengers up to 7,635 nautical miles.
The relationship between Boeing and American Airlines spans over 80 years, with American becoming the first carrier to fly the Douglas DC-3 in commercial service in June 1936. American also offered the first US domestic coast-to-coast jet service using the Boeing 707 in January 1959. And in July 1971 American took delivery of the very first DC-10.