I’m quite excited about American’s new 777-300ERs, as they’ll feature the new first and business class products, which look spectacular. I even have plans to be on the inaugural flight from Dallas to Sao Paulo on December 13, as they’re once again selling business class seats on the flight as of a few weeks ago, after originally blocking out all the space.
Well, based on a Dallas News interview with American’s chief commercial officer, it looks like American’s 777-300ER deliveries may be delayed (at least if you read between the lines):
“Well, stay tuned. We’re probably pretty close to making an announcement on the exact entry into service of that aircraft very soon.”
We pointed out that American had already announced that 777-300ER would begin flying the DFW-Sao Paulo route on Dec. 13.
His reply: “That is our current stance or current position and that’s what’s in the GDS’s or the CRS’s and that’s what the plan is as of right now. That’s correct.” (GDS=Global distribution systems, CRS=computerized reservations systems.)
We asked whether that start date is in jeopardy.
His reply: “That is the stake in the ground and plan of record as of right now. If that changes, we’ll let everyone know, including our customers.”
At that point, a public relations person interrupted to say that Virasb had other interviews he needed to do, and that ended the questioning.
So it sounds like I shouldn’t make any non-refundable hotel reservations in Sao Paulo yet. If I find a further update I’ll be sure to post about it here.