Excitement Builds as American Airlines Readies New 777-300ER for First Flight
FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Marking an important milestone in its plan to create the industry's most modern, fuel-efficient fleet, American Airlines welcomes the first Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) aircraft into its fleet. This evening American will become the first U.S. carrier to fly the 777-300ER when it departs on its inaugural flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to Sao Paulo.
"This is a monumental day for all of us at American, and one that many of our people and customers have eagerly awaited," said Virasb Vahidi, American's Chief Commercial Officer. "The 777-300ER is a critical part of our fleet renewal program, offering additional network flexibility and providing increased efficiency, while delivering a state-of-the-art experience for our customers onboard. Welcoming our first 777-300ER into our fleet is a great reminder of American's proud past and promising future."
Freshly painted with American's new look, the aircraft features the modern, new logo with the iconic eagle; silver mica paint to maintain the "silver bird" heritage of American's aircraft; and stripes flying proudly on the tail as a symbol of the airline's origin and name. In conjunction with today's historic flight, American also announces the airline will once again light the tails of most of its aircraft as it converts to its new look.
The 777-300ER introduces new enhancements to the inflight experience, including fully lie-flat seats in First and Business Class - all with direct aisle access; a walk-up bar for premium cabin customers that offers snacks and sweets; and a sophisticated entertainment system offering hundreds of hours of audio and video programming options at every seat throughout the aircraft, including up to 250 movies, more than 180 TV programs and more than 350 audio selections.
The 777-300ER offers an elevated international premium class experience including increased customer choices with new menu selections, new china and flatware designs, and industry-leading amenity kits. Customers will see the product enhancements across all international fleet types, providing a more consistent travel experience for those flying American's global network.
Every customer can also stay productive and connected onboard. The 777-300ER is the first aircraft in American's fleet to offer international Wi-Fi, enabling customers to remain connected throughout the flight, whether over land or over water. To celebrate the new international Wi-Fi service, American will offer complimentary inflight Internet access through March on all flights operated with the new 777-300ER aircraft. In addition, all customers will have access to individual 110-volt AC power outlets and USB jacks for charging personal electronic devices.
American was the first U.S. airline to order and take delivery of the state-of-the-art Boeing 777-300ER and intends to take delivery of a total of 15 of the aircraft through 2014. In addition to service to Sao Paulo, the aircraft is slated to fly to London Heathrow Airport from both Dallas/Fort Worth and New York Kennedy.
For more information on American's 777-300ER and other fleet renewal plans, visit aa.com/newplanes.
About American AirlinesAmerican Airlines focuses on providing an exceptional travel experience across the globe, serving more than 260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories. American's fleet of nearly 900 aircraft fly more than 3,500 daily flights worldwide from hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. American flies to nearly 100 international locations including important markets such as London, Madrid, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. With more than 500 new planes scheduled to join the fleet, including continued deliveries of the Boeing 737 family of aircraft and new additions such as the Boeing 777-300ER and the Airbus A320 family of aircraft, American is building toward the youngest and most modern fleet among major U.S. carriers. American's website, AA.com®, provides customers with easy access to check and book fares, and personalized news, information and travel offers. American's AAdvantage® program, one of the most popular frequent flyer programs in the world, lets members redeem miles for flights to almost 950 destinations worldwide, as well as flight upgrades, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and other retail products. The airline also offers nearly 40 Admirals Club® locations worldwide providing comfort, convenience, and an environment with a full range of services making it easy for customers to stay productive without interruption. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest airlines in the world, including global brands like British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia Airlines, Japan Airlines, LAN and Qantas. Together, its members serve more than 900 destinations with more than 9,000 daily flights to 150 countries and territories. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir or Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AMR Corporation common stock trades under the symbol "AAMRQ" on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by OTC Markets Group.
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