American Airlines got a couple of new toys in 2015.
In January, the airline received its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner and then spent several months testing the aircraft with its own pilots. Its inaugural flight between Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago occurred in May with American using the aircraft on domestic routes before using the Dreamliner on international routes to Beijing, Argentina and Brazil over the summer.
American has 226 seats on the Boeing 787 with 28 lie-flat business-class seats, 48 main cabin extra seats and 150 main cabin seats. The airline has 42 Boeing 787s on order with the option to buy 58 more.
And then in the fall, American opened up its new $88 million integrated operations center in Fort Worth. About 1,600 employees work in the two-story building, managing all of the daily operations of the airline from the center that was designed to withstand winds of an EF3 tornado.
American received a $6.5 million tax incentive for the project from Fort Worth that will last 15 years. It closed the former US Airways operations center near Pittsburgh and moved about 600 positions to merge it with American’s operations center in Fort Worth in the new building.