Next week American will be commencing commercial service with their Boeing 787. For the first several weeks, American will be operating the 787 exclusively between Dallas and Chicago. This way they can familiarize their crews with the plane, get pilots their required takeoffs/landings, work out any kinks, etc.
After that, American will be launching longhaul 787 service, as follows:
- Flights between Dallas and Beijing starting June 2, 2015
- Flights between Dallas and Buenos Aires starting June 4, 2015
- Flights between Dallas and Shanghai starting June 26, 2015
Up until now, those are the only three international routes which have officially been announced. However, American has now confirmed their third international Boeing 787-8 route. Per the @americanair Instagram, American will begin Boeing 787 service between Chicago and Tokyo Narita as of August 18, 2015.
The aircraft change will apparently be loaded for bookings made as of Sunday, May 3, 2015.
This is a route which presently operates 5x weekly, so I assume the frequencies will stay the same. Theoretically the one downside to the Boeing 787 is that it doesn’t feature a first class cabin. That being said, the route was previously operated by a Boeing 777-200, which featured American’s super old first class product, and angled business class product.
In business class this will represent a huge improvement in product, as American has fully flat seats with directly aisle access on the 787, while many of their 777-200s still feature their old business class product. So it will be great to be guaranteed the new business class product.
American’s 787 business class
I think Chicago to Tokyo Narita is actually a pretty logical route for the 787. It’s a route which is heavily served as it is. The route is flown by American, ANA, Japan Airlines, and United. American and Japan Airlines have a joint venture, while ANA and United also have a joint venture. Presumably American is hoping to “skim” more of the premium market with their seats, rather than focusing exclusively on capacity.
Japan Airlines first class snack — you won’t get this on a US airline!
On which route would you like to see American’s new 787?