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American Airlines’ 787-9 with premium economy to fly out of DFW in November

An American Airlines Boeing 787-8 parked at Terminal D at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.
An American Airlines Boeing 787-8 parked at Terminal D at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

American Airlines’ newest version of the Dreamliner will begin flying out of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport in November, the carrier announced on Thursday.

The Fort Worth-based airline’s first Boeing 787-9 aircraft is also the first airplane with American’s new “premium economy” class. Premium economy seats are located behind the business class seats and in front of the main cabin extra economy seats and will offer passengers wider seats, more legroom, amenity kits and enhanced meal service.

The Boeing 787-9 will fly on routes between DFW and Madrid and DFW and Sao Paulo starting on November 4. Customers will be able to purchase tickets on these flights starting on July 10.

“As the first U.S. airline to introduce Premium Economy seating on international flights, we continue to innovate new ways to meet our customers’ expectations with the products and service they value,” said American’s chief marketing officer Andrew Nocella.

American said it will make the premium economy seats available to select customers when the flights starts in November, however, it will not sell premium economy seats until early 2017.

The Boeing 787-9 will have 30 business class seats, 21 premium economy seats, 27 main cabin extra seats and 207 economy seats. All seats will have personal seatback entertainment systems along with power and USB ports.

American unveiled its plans for a premium economy class in December. It plans to install the product on its Airbus A350 when it arrives in 2017 and expects to retrofit its Boeing 777-300ERs, 777-200ERs, 787-800s and Airbus A330s with premium economy in the next three years.

“[The new premium economy service] allows us to do a better job of segmenting our customers into various products they want to buy,” said American chief executive Doug Parker when it announced premium economy last year.

American is the first U.S. airline to introduce a premium economy class, which is offered on several international carriers. American’s oneworld alliance partners, British Airways, Qantas Airways and Japan Airlines all offer premium economy seats.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

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