American took delivery of its first Boeing 787 on Thursday, and flew it to Dallas on Friday.
They have 42 firm orders for the 787-8 and 787-9 and options on an additional 58 planes.
We’ll see the aircraft flying between domestic hubs for a few weeks when the aircraft first goes into revenue service during the second quarter, before they begin flying it internationally.
Here’s the American’s 787 landing at Boeing’s Paine Field after a test flight.
With the introduction of the 787, American is claimed to have operated every Boeing-designed jet aircraft.
Boeing 707 (-123, -123B, -323B and -323C models)
Boeing 717 (designed by McDonnell Douglas as the MD-95, inherited from TWA but not officially operated)
Boeing 727 (both models)
Boeing 737 (-200, -300 and -800 models)
Boeing 747 (-100 and SP models)
Boeing 757 (-200 model)
Boeing 767 (-200 and -300 models)
Boeing 777 (-200 and -300 models)
Boeing 787 (now the 787-8 model)
I’m not sure the 717 should even count, as it was McDonnell Douglas-designed prior to the merger with Boeing. So even if you’d only count American as having had the aircraft as a technicality, I’d toss that from the list since it wasn’t Boeing-designed in the first place.
Interestingly, the only pre-Boeing 707 aircraft (the 707 was their first jetliner) that American operated that I’m aware of was the 377 Stratocruiser, by virtue of their acquisition of American Overseas Airlines which was later sold to Pan Am.