American Airlines on Tuesday (August 18, 2015) started its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner service from Japan between Tokyo Narita and Chicago O’Hare, its first international 787 service from Chicago. Showcasing the new modern American Airlines, the aircraft features 28 lie-flat business class seats, 48 Main Cabin Extra seats with a further 150 seats in Main Cabin. The aircraft departs Tokyo as flight AA154 at 6.10 p.m. and arrives in Chicago at 4.20 p.m. the same day.
Art Torno, American Airlines’ Senior Vice President for International said: “Our Japanese customers are going to love this aircraft when they see the modern interiors we have on board, as part of the more than $2 billion investments in customer improvements we delivering.”
Derek DeCross American Airlines’ Vice President, Global Sales comments: “Our goal is for our customers to experience a product that’s better than our competitors and that includes more Japanese speaking staff, better Japanese food options and entertainment. I’m confident that the combination of American Airlines and Japan Airlines makes us a winning formula for Japanese customers.”
Arranged in a two-class cabin configuration, American’s 787-8 features 28 fully lie-flat Business Class seats arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration. The custom-designed forward-and rear-facing seats provide direct-aisle access for every Business Class customer for more mobility throughout the cabin and comes equipped with satellite Wi-Fi capability to keep customers connected while traveling internationally. The premium cabin also features inflight entertainment selections on a 16 inch HD Panasonic touchscreen monitor positioned in each seat with up to 250 movies and 180 TV programs. Business Class customers will also be offered Bose® QuietComfort® Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones and ear buds. Each seat is equipped with universal AC power outlets and a USB jack.
The Main Cabin has 48 Main Cabin Extra seats in a 3-3-3 configuration, offering customers up to six inches of additional legroom plus 150 Main Cabin seats also arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration. Every seat offers a 9-inch HD Panasonic touchscreen monitor with an assortment of movies, TV programs, games and audio selections. Each Main Cabin seat is also equipped with universal AC power outlets and a USB jack.
Other advanced features on the Dreamliner include larger dimmable windows, improved cabin humidity and improved sound quality. American’s 787-8s will also feature a walk-up bar stocked with snacks and refreshments for customers traveling in the premium cabin. Currently American has placed firm orders for 42 Boeing 787 aircraft, with the fleet becoming even younger, more modern and more efficient as additional aircraft are delivered into service.
American already has the youngest fleet of the U.S. global network carriers, with an average aircraft age of 12.3 years. In 2015, American is taking delivery of an average of two new aircraft per week. Meanwhile, American is in the midst of more than $2 billion in planned improvements to give customers a superior travel experience around the world.