American’s first 787 is in final assembly. According to AirlinePilotForums, the first delivery is scheduled for November 28.
Airlines usually start new aircraft types flying domestically while they work out any kinks. This one is rumored to begin flying New York JFK – Los Angeles for a month after delivery (presumably before it starts flying New York JFK – Paris), which strikes me as odd because American’s 787 will not have a first class cabin and American otherwise flies 3-cabin (A321T) aircraft on the route.
Over at TravelingBetter.com, JonNYC reports that the plane will be configured with 28 business class, 48 main cabin extra, and 150 economy seats. (The 787-9s that come later will substantially grow the economy seciton — 28 business class, 51 main cabin extra, and 210 coach seats).
Forum member IceTrojan mocks up what the seat map of the 787-8 could look like given information known about the seating, aircraft, and that there will be a walkup bar. Here’s his rendition of the full aircraft, and a close-up of the business class section.
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