MIAMI — American Airlines was due to take delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner before the end of 2014, with plans to enter into revenue service early next year on select domestic flights. However, a spokesperson for the carrier confirmed to the Dallas Morning News that the delivery date has slipped to the first quarter of 2015.
It’s difficult when a carrier plans to enter a brand new aircraft into its fleet, and it is quite common for there to be delivery delays. In American’s case, a spokesperson for the company explained to the Dallas Morning News that American’s 787s have new seats that need to be approved by the FAA before flying any passengers. The spokesperson went on to tell the Dallas Morning News‘ aviation reporter Terry Maxon that the seats have a brand new concept that will be unique to the 787 product which complicates things.
When United took delivery of its second 787 in late 2012, the carrier faced delays in the delivery due to unknown reasons, and unfortunately, it did not arrive on-time to fly some of the inaugural flights United planned to operate on the big inaugural day.
And on December 10, Airbus announced a delay in the delivery of Qatar Airways’ first A350 XWB. The carrier was supposed to take delivery of the aircraft on December 13, but that event has been indefinitely delayed.
Meanwhile, American has been very quiet about its plans for the 787. So far, it has not released a seat map or the initial routes for the aircraft. The airline though is expected to fly the aircraft initially on domestic routes between hubs where the plane will initially operate from thus DFW, ORD, and LAX are thought to be the early candidates with long-term plans sending AA’s Dreamliners to new developing Asian routes such as Tokyo Haneda. The carrier has a mix of 42 787-8s and 787-9s on order.