As the American Airlines Boeing 787 fleet continues to stretch its legs, it was only a matter of time before the Boeing 787 starts to replace some of the Boeing 767-300ER services.
Step forward Chicago to Manchester (a route used by myself when I want to avoid London), which to be switched over to 787 operation for the summer
Sadly, for myself – the switch-over to Boeing 787 operation will be for the peak summer period between 2nd June 2016 to 5th October 2016 (based on Chicago departure dates, add one day for Manchester UK departures)
The planned timetable looks like this:
AA054 DEPART ORD 21:55 ARRIVE MAN 11:25+1 AA055 DEPART MAN 13:15 ARRIVE ORD 15:20 Operates with a Boeing 787 between 2nd June and 5th October 2016 from Chicago Operates with a Boeing 787 between 3rd June and 6th October 2016 from Manchester Other times operates with a Boeing 767-300ER Data: AirlineRoute
Checking the booking engines, the changes have been made, and booking is open:
And to confirm this is a summer-only operation, on the 7th October from Manchester, it’s back to 767-300ERs:
American Airlines configure their 787s in
- 28 Business Class Seats in 1-2-1 formation
- 57 Main Cabin Extra in 3-3-3 formation
- 141 Main Cabin in 3-3-3 formation
Lets compare that with the current 767 operation:
Business Main Cabin Extra Main Cabin 767-300ER OLD 30 21 167 767-300ER NEW 28 18 163 787-8 28 57 141
It is a boost in capacity – mainly in Main Cabin Extra at the expense of Main cabin seats.
For some customers, they’ll welcome the new plane with open arms – it having WiFi, USB charging, mains power, at seat IFE (as opposed to the overhead screens on a 767-300ER).
However, once the Main Cabin/Main Cabin Extra passengers are aboard – they may think again, with seat width is a tight 17″ or so (although compared to the 767s, they’re not that bad, configured with 17.2 seat width seats… they always seemed wider to me…).
Still, for those used to slightly careworn planes across the pond between Chicago and Manchester – these will be welcome relief.
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