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When American Airlines announced its schedule for the Boeing 777-300ER earlier today, it also gave away its delivery schedule for the type.
It will receive the first sometime in late November or early December, the second in mid-December, the third in mid-January 2013, and the fourth and fifth that March. This will allow it to fly the type daily between Dallas-Fort Worth and London-Heathrow (AA50/51) and New York's John F Kennedy and London-Heathrow (AA100/101) from 14 February, and daily between JFK and Sao Paulo-Guarulhos from 2 April.
American confirms that it will have two 777-300ERs in its fleet at the end of December, three by February 2013 and five by that April.
You can read more about the initial schedule from Flightglobal here.
When and where the Fort Worth-based airline flies the Boeing aircraft has been the focus attention for many lenders, travellers and aviation geeks for some time now. With American operating under chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since last November, one big question has been how it would pay for the aircraft. The court approved payments for the first two 777-300ERs that arrive later this year last December but has yet to rule payments for the remaining aircraft.
Travellers are excited about the new onboard products that will debut on the aircraft. American will introduce its first fully lie-flat business class seat, its new premium economy product called Main Cabin Extra, audio video on demand (AVOD) in each seat and inflight wifi, even on international overwater flights, on the 777-300ER. All of these features will eventually be added to the rest of its widebody fleet but not until 2014.
Aviation geeks, while they are always excited about the first flight of an airline's new aircraft type, have even more reason to celebrate the 777-300ER. American will be the first US carrier to operate the type, which has enjoyed significant success abroad, and it will be the largest aircraft in its fleet since it retired its 747-100s and -200s in 1985.
Plus, in the opinion of the author, the 777-300ER is just plain cool.
Now if only we could get details on the delivery schedule of American's Boeing 787-9s.