American Airlines' new Boeing 787 Dreamliner will officially take to the skies on May 7 with service between Dallas and Chicago, the airline announced Wednesday. International service will commence in June, with flights between Dallas and Beijing and Dallas and Buenos Aires. The 787 is typically used for long-range intercontinental flights, but most airlines deploy their new long-haul jets on domestic routes first to iron out any problems on shorter flights close to their bases.
The airline also released the first interior photos of the new jet, a super fuel-efficient wide-body aircraft that entered service in 2011 but so far has only been introduced by one airline in the U.S., United.
The jet is divided into two cabins: business class and economy, including an "economy plus" section. There will be 26 business-class seats arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration on the new 787, with a total of 226 seats overall. The premium cabin will feature a walk-up bar stocked with snacks and refreshments.
Business-class seats will offer passengers access to a 15.4-inch HD Panasonic touchscreen monitor, Bose noise-cancelling headphones and universal AC power outlets and USB jacks. Some seats face backwards, an arrangement that maximizes available space to put in more seats.
The seats will convert into fully-flat beds.
The coach cabin will have 198 seats, including a "Main Cabin Extra" section that will offer 48 seats with six inches of extra legroom.
Arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration, the main cabin seats will all be outfitted with universal AC power outlets, a USB jack, and 9-inch HD Panasonic touchscreen monitors. A nine-abreast cabin results in a seat width of only 17 inches in coach, less than on other long-range aircraft. Other airlines that operate the 787 feature eight-abreast seating, but the majority opted for nine.