American Airlines Announces First International Routes for Boeing 787-9 Fleet

The Premium Economy seat for American Airlines' 787-9 fleet. (Photo: AA)

The Premium Economy seat for American Airlines' 787-9 fleet.  (Photo: AA)
The Premium Economy seat for American Airlines’ 787-9 fleet. (Photo: AA)

American Airlines has announced its Boeing 787-9 fleet will make its debut international flight between Dallas Forth Worth (IATA: DFW) and Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) on November 4. The aircraft will also operate between DFW and São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) on the same day. Customers can start booking 787-9 flights from July 10.
The airline says customers will enjoy an additional level of service as the type offers Premium Economy seating to its customers for the first time.

Departs DFW at 17:45 – arrives MAD 09:55 the next day.
Departs MAD at 12:20 – arrives DFW 1640.

Departs DFW at 19:00 – arrives GRU 07:05 the next day.
Departs GRU at 22:55 – arrives DFW 05:15 the next day.

American’s 787-9s are configured with 30 fully lie-flat, all-aisle access Business Class seats arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration; 21 Premium Economy seats in a 2-3-2 configuration; 27 Main Cabin Extra seats with up to 6 inches of additional leg room in a 3-3-3 configuration and 207 Main Cabin seats arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration
Every seat has a personal seatback entertainment system with touchscreen, power and USB ports. Wi-Fi provides global coverage for internet access and complimentary live television channels, nearly 300 movies including 48 new releases, TV shows and games. Business Class customers will also be offered Bose QuietComfort acoustic noise cancelling headphones. Additional advanced features on the Dreamliner include larger dimmable windows.
American’s new Premium Economy class, the first offered by any US carrier, provides a leather seat featuring 38 inches of pitch with extendable foot, leg and head rests, personal on-demand entertainment systems and larger touchscreen monitors. When flying international, the airline says customers will receive noise reducing headphones and amenity kits, and have enhanced meal services with complimentary wine, beer and spirits. Premium Economy customers will be able to check one bag free of charge.
Though the new International Premium Economy service will launch in November, it will only be available to “select customers” before it goes on sale in early 2017.