It was a slightly bumpy ride for American Airlines’ inaugural flight for its Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Thursday morning.
But the newest addition to American’s fleet left the rain and thunderstorms behind at Dallas/Fort Worth for sunny Chicago O’Hare on its first revenue flight. Passengers clapped as the aircraft departed and cheered when it landed in the Windy City.
The party atmosphere continued through most of the flight with passengers taking pictures of the interiors and watching the wings flex up and down during the flight.
“The 787 represents the transformation that is happening at American,” said Fernand Fernandez, American’s vice president of global marketing. “We have the youngest fleet in the industry right now.”
Most of the passengers were aviation enthusiasts and media along with 72 Executive Platinum members and 8 other higher-tier customers at American.
The Zimmerman family from Fort Worth didn’t know they were flying on the Dreamliner’s inaugural flight when they booked tickets for a relative’s Chicago wedding.
“We did online check in last night and we thought we just had a really big plane but we didn’t know it was flying for the first time,” said Elizabeth Zimmerman. Once on board, the family’s two daughters took advantage of the in-flight entertainment system, watching Dog with the Blog and Mulan while in the air.
For North Texas plane spotters who might want to catch a glimpse of the new Dreamliner, the aircraft is scheduled to return to DFW this afternoon, landing around 2:45 p.m.