MIAMI — American Airlines took possession of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on January 23, and the aircraft has been in full flight test mode ever since. The airline is preparing the aircraft for entry into service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago O’Hare on May 7, then add international flights from DFW to Beijing on June 2 and Buenos Aires on June 4.

American Airlines' 787 testing at Paine Field (Credits: Ken Fielding)
American Airlines’ 787 testing at Paine Field (Credits: Ken Fielding)

According to American’s company newsletter, members of the inflight communications and entertainment teams recently flew the Dreamliner from  DFW to St. Louis and Phoenix to ensure that the aircraft’s entertainment and Wi-Fi systems were working properly. And check airmen are gaining their cockpit qualifications to teach other pilots to fly routes.

The Dreamliner stowage areas has space that flight attendants can use to store their belongings. Another design improvement will include taller overhead compartments that can accommodate rolling bags on their sides, so more can fit.

Each customer aboard American Air’s 787 will have “Friendly Faces,” with the faces of different flight attendants on each seatback. They are randomly generated images of the airline’s actual employees. And passengers will have access to electrical outlets where customers can see and use them easily.

The aircraft features the unique shadeless power windows, which are 65 percent larger than standard airplane windows. The windows tint with the touch of a button, and slowly become more opaque as the crystals inside the glass reorient to block light.

Business class on the 787 features a seat that transforms into a fully lie-flat 77-inch bed, aisle access at every seat, international Wi-Fi, dual universal AC power outlets and USB ports at every seat and Bose QuietComfort Acoustic Noise Cancelling headsets. The aircraft’s Main Cabin Extra offering up to five more inches of legroom, while the Main Cabin offers universal AC power outlets and USB ports at every seat and international Wi-Fi.

The business class cabin onboard American Airlines’ 787. Image (Credits: American Airlines)
The business class cabin onboard American Airlines’ 787. (Credits: American Airlines)

 

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