American Airlines Dreamliner Takes Flight

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American Airlines Group Inc.'s (AAL) first Boeing 787 aircraft has commenced commercial service domestically between Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago on Thursday. American Airlines now becomes the second U.S. airline to operate the Dreamliner jet, after United Airlines (UAL).

Beginning June 2, the Boeing 787 aircraft will fly on American Airlines' international network with daily non-stop flights between Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Beijing, and non-stop flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and Buenos Aires, Argentina starting June 4.

Due to the aircraft's range and fuel efficiency, American Airlines plans to use the Dreamliners on longer routes.

American Airlines said that travelers in all cabins of the 226-seat airplane will enjoy in-seat entertainment, Wi-Fi and power outlets, plus the largest passenger windows in the sky. Also, the airline's Business Suite includes fully lie-flat seats and direct aisle access.

American Airlines officially welcomed its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner in January 2015.

American Airlines has placed firm orders for 42 Boeing 787 aircraft, with the right to acquire an additional 58. The airline will take delivery of both the 787-8 and 787-9 as part of the 42 firm orders.

American Airlines expects to save on maintenance and fuel by operating the Dreamliner aircraft. The Dreamliner, made with lightweight carbon material, offers up to 20 percent greater fuel efficiency and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized aircraft, currently in service.

In December 2014, American Airlines announced more than $2 billion in upgrades, including fully reclinable first-class seats on certain flights.

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