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PICTURE: American takes delivery of first 787-9

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.

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American will debut its new premium economy class on the 787-9. The cabin will have 21 seats in a two-three-two configuration.

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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.

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