American Airlines’ employees got a peek at the newest aircraft in the carrier’s fleet.
On Wednesday, the Fort Worth-based carrier unveiled the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which will begin flying on May 7, showing it off at its maintenance hangar at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.
“It is absolutely gorgeous,” said American employee Diane Stauber, who was one of the hundreds of workers who toured the aircraft. “It is so exciting to come in and see the engines and the wings and you walk in and get that new plane smell.”
American plans to first fly the Boeing 787 between DFW and Chicago O’Hare starting on May 7. Then in June, it will begin using the aircraft on three routes out of DFW to Beijing, Buenos Aires and Shanghai.
The carrier has been receiving the Boeing 787s at a slower rate than it had originally anticipated as there have been issues installing the new lie-flat seats from Zodiac Aerospace. Last week, American said it amended its delivery agreement with Boeing to defer four 787 aircraft deliveries from 2016 to 2017 and one 787 aircraft from 2017 to 2018.
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 purchase an additional 58 aircraft.