American Inaugurates 777-300ER, Increases Order, Announces Additional Routes
On the launch flight of its new Boeing 777-300ER, American Airlines CEO Tom Horton announced that the airline was increasing its order from 15 to 20 aircraft. American became the first U.S. airline to fly the 777-300ER on January 31, on a flight from its hub in Dallas to São Paulo, Brazil and currently has two in its fleet. The second 777-300ER departed DFW for São Paulo the next evening.
The next routes to get the new 777-300ERs aircraft are DFW and New York (JFK) to London-Heathrow, starting on March 2 and March 15 respectively. In addition, the airline will launch New York-São Paulo on April 11 and Los Angeles-London on June 12.
The JFK-LHR route will get a second 777-300ER on May 9, and DFW-LHR will get a second 777-300ER although the timeframe for that remains in flux.
American is scheduled to receive eight 777-300ERs in 2013, which means the total size of the 777-300ER fleet will be ten by the end of the year.
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