American Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9, its latest next generation widebody aircraft.
The airframer delivered the aircraft to the Fort Worth-based carrier from its final assembly line in Charleston, South Carolina, on 13 September, FlightAware.com shows. The Flight Fleets Analyzer shows it has registration N820AL and MSN 40639.
American will debut its new premium economy class on the 787-9. The cabin will have 21 seats in a two-three-two configuration.
The aircraft is configured with 285 seats, including 30 business class, the 21 premium economy, 27 extra-legroom economy and 207 economy seats.
The 787-9 will enter service on 4 October operating American flight 50 from Dallas/Fort Worth to London Heathrow, a spokesman says. It will operate domestically between Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles from 6 October through 3 November before being placed on flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and both Buenos Aires and Madrid from 4 November.
American has firm orders for 21 more 787-9s with three due this year, Fleets Analyzer shows. It operates 17 787-8s with three firm orders.