American Airlines is to more than double its 787
Dreamliner fleet with a new order for 47 of the aircraft plus 28
The 47 B787s, valued at more than $12 billion
at list prices, makes American Airlines the largest 787
customer in the Western Hemisphere.
American originally ordered 42 787 Dreamliners
and while it still has more airplanes on the way
from its initial order, the airline is buying the additional
Dreamliners – 22 787-8s and 25 787-9s – to further modernize and
expand its fleet.
"We are extremely honored that American
Airlines, is deepening its commitment to the 787 Dreamliner. This
new order is a powerful endorsement of the 787 family's unique
passenger appeal and unmatched ability to help airlines open new
routes and grow profitably," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes
President and CEO Kevin McAllister.
Built with lightweight
composite materials and powered by advanced engines, the
Dreamliner family lowers operating costs by more than 20 percent
compared to previous airplanes.
"We are showing
again and again that the 787 Dreamliner is the champion in its
class. The airplane's tremendous value proposition explains why it
has become the fastest selling twin-aisle jet in history," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales &
Marketing for The Boeing Company. "And when we match the
Dreamliner with Boeing's suite of services, it is a combination that delivers unbeatable value for our customers."
The 787-8 Dreamliner can fly 242
passengers up to 7,355 nautical miles (13,620 km) in a typical
two-class configuration. The 787-9, a stretch of the 787-8, can
fly 290 passengers up to 7,635 nautical miles.