American Airlines today took possession of the first Boeing 777-300ER jetliner delivered to a U.S. airline.
The twin-engine, extended range jet is most popular long-range twin-aisle jetliner in international service with airlines throughout the world.
The plane was delivered with a plain gray exterior paint job. Boeing usually paints customers’ aircraft in their current liveries, but American reportedly is changing its paint job to a new scheme.
New American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER first class cabin
One reason to abandon the current polished metal, red, white and blue paint scheme is that the Boeing Dreamliners the airline has on order are made of composite materials, not metal.
American may paint its new plane in its own maintenance facility and unveil it in a big ceremony near its Texas headquarters. The airline currently is undergoing bankruptcy reorganization.
American has 47 of Boeing’s smaller 777-200 jets in its fleet. The -300ER seats about 60 more passengers.
American plans for the airplane to enter service in early 2013 on the Dallas-Fort Worth-Sao Paulo route.
“This marks an important milestone in our fleet renewal program and is another tangible example of our progress in building the new American for our customers and our people,” said Bella Goren, American’s chief financial officer. “This aircraft will provide our customers with a new level of comfort and convenience, along with delivering increased efficiency and better operating economics.”
“This delivery demonstrates American’s commitment to transforming its fleet into one of the youngest and most fuel efficient in the industry,” said John Wojick, senior vice president, Global Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 777-300ER is the ideal airplane for American’s fleet renewal effort providing unparalleled operating economics, long-range capability, reliability and passenger comfort.”
The airplane is 19 percent lighter than its closest competitor, produces 22 percent less carbon dioxide per seat and costs 20 percent less to operate per seat, claims Boeing. The airplane can seat up to 386 passengers in a three-class configuration and has a maximum range of 9,100 miles.