With its 1,000th unit coming down the line for Emirates, Boeing's 777 continues to evolve from its earliest incarnations. The latest interior catalog offerings, now selected by American Airlines, include a 787 and 737-style Sky Interior LED-lit entryway for its 777-300ERs, which enter the fleet in December. Long-time Boeing interior design firm Teague was believed to have been working on this feature for a while now.
The features of its 777 were hinted about last year when, just days after its bankruptcy filing, the carrier announced what would be aboard its new twin.
Arranged in a three-class cabin configuration, the new 777-300ER will provide the airline with more passenger and cargo capacity than any other aircraft in its fleet today. Customers will be welcomed into the aircraft by unique mood lighting. American will be the first carrier to use a dramatic archway and ceiling treatment on the 777-300 to create a feeling of spaciousness.
At that point, American's news release did not include any images or additional details about the interior. Whether the Sky Interior-inspired lighting will run the length of the 777 isn't clear from the photos release by the airline. Further, the carrier appears to be an early customer for the formerly branded Panasonic Fusion in-flight entertainment system, now known as the Integrated Smart Monitor, a photo of which is below the fold.
Additional photos of its business and first class seating are available on American's Facebook page.
UPDATE 3:46 PM ET: While Boeing and American have focused on upgrades to evolve the 777's interior, the company has been finding ways to improve the environmental efficiency of building and delivering each aircraft. While environmental efficiency is the banner under which 10 improvements have been made to the manufacturing process, the bottom line is how to reduce the cost to build each 777 through continuously improving and optimizing its processes.
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