American Airlines’ first Dreamliner is finally here.
The Boeing 787-800, painted with the flag livery of the Fort Worth-based carrier, arrived at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport at 7:07 p.m. Friday.
“It was a great ride over here,” said Capt. Mark Torres, one of the American pilots on the flight. “This is probably one of the better airplanes I’ve ever flown.”
A software problem delayed the Dreamliner in Washington state, but the pilots said once the aircraft was in the air, it was smooth flying to DFW. They described the aircraft, made of composite materials, as very quiet.
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“We are committed to delivering a fantastic product for our customers with the continuation of our unprecedented fleet renewal program and more than $2 billion in improvements in the customer experience,” American Chief Executive Doug Parker said in a statement.
“The 787 makes our fleet younger and more modern, and it will open up new possibilities to connect our customers to the places they want to fly.”
The aircraft is the first of 42 Boeing 787s that American has on order. With its improved fuel efficiency and long range, the 787 is expected to make some international routes more economical.
American plans to initially use the aircraft on hub-to-hub domestic routes so crew members and ground workers can get used to it. It will be placed into service in the second quarter and will eventually be used on international routes.
The airline was supposed to get its first Dreamliner in 2012, but production issues delayed the first 787s that Boeing was building for launch customer All Nippon Airways.
Then American expected to receive the 787 by the end of last year, but because of issues with new lie-flat seats and production inspections, the delivery was pushed to 2015.
Andrea Ahles, 817-390-7631