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American Airlines orders other Dreamliner aircraft

For 47 units plus 28 options

The relationship has lasted for over 80 years

Boeing and American Airlines (AA) announced the airline will more than double its 787 Dreamliner fleet with a new order for 47 of the airplanes plus 28 options. The 47 B-787s are valued at more than $12 billion at list prices and makes AA the largest 787 customer in the Western Hemisphere.

The carrier originally ordered 42 B-787 Dreamliners and has been using the airplanes' fuel efficiency and passenger amenities to open new routes around the world, including Asia Pacific and Europe, and boost its network efficiency. While American still has more airplanes on the way from its initial order, the carrier is buying the additional Dreamliners –22 B-787/8s and 25 B-787/9s– to further modernize and expand its fleet.

AA becomes the latest airline to place a repeat order for the 787 Dreamliner. More than half of the program's 71 customers have done so, which has helped the 787 program achieve more than 1,350 orders to date.

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 /8, can fly 290 passengers up to 7,635 nautical miles.

The relationship between the industry and the airline spans over 80 years. Some of the key shared milestones include:

  • June 1936: American becomes the first to fly the Douglas DC-3 in commercial service
  • January 1959: the carrier uses the B-707 to offer the first coast-to-coast jet service
  • March 1961: AA is the first in-service with the B-720B
  • July 1971: The first DC-10 delivery goes to American
  • May 2015: the airline flies its first revenue flight with the B-787 Dreamliner.
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