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American Airlines was the first to order and take delivery of the Boeing 777-300ER. The aircraft is expected to be the cornerstone of the American Airlines international flights by giving a unique flying experience to the passengers
“This aircraft will deliver a new level of comfort, connectivity and convenience for our customers,” Virasb Vahidi, chief commercial officer of American Airlines said. “We are especially pleased to be among the first in the industry to offer a combination of fully lie-flat seats with all-aisle access, international Wi-Fi and state-of-the-art in-seat entertainment.”
The first commercial flight of the American Airlines 777-300ER is scheduled on January 31st from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Sau Paulo, Brazil. It will also fly to London Heatrow Airport from Dallas-Fort Wort as well as from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
The Boeing 777-300ER features lie-flat seats in the first and business class sections. These sections also have a walk-up bar stocked with food and drinks, the first for any U.S. airline.
The airplane also offers a wide range of entertainment selections with hundreds of movies, TV programs, and music. Each passenger seat in the aircraft has its own 110-volt AC power outlets and USB jacks for charging personal devices.
The innovative design of the cabin gives a more spacious vibe by using dramatic archway, ceiling treatment, and mood lighting.
American Airlines ordered 14 units of the Boeing 777-300ER and the remaining units will be delivered through 2013.
The first delivery of the Boeing 777-300 is part of the American Airlines renewal plan with the goal of having the youngest fleet among popular airlines within the next five years.
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Yesterday, September 11, 2011, marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 Twin Tower attack. Americans’ paid tribute to the victims of this horrible tragedy.
It was with moments of peace and quiet that marked exactly ten years after commercial airplanes hit the World Trade Center in New York.
The first moment of silence was at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Time. That was when American Airlines flight 11 struck the north tower. Other moments of silence were held to mark when the twin towers fell and for the attack at The Pentagon.
A solemn ceremony was held there at 9:37 a.m., the time American Airlines flight 77 hit the building, killing 184 people.
Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen attended that service.
And the 40 people who died in the western Pennsylvania plane crash were also honored with a moment of silence at 10:03 a.m.
That’s when United Airlines flight 93 crashed into a field after passengers and crew overpowered the hijackers.
A 2,200 acre memorial is being built near that crash site.
In total, 2, 977 people died in the 9/11 attacks. And they’ll never be forgotten.
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Boeing’s decision to replace the engines of its popular 737 jetliner rather than replace it with an all-new airplane is a “dream scenario” for Spirit AeroSystems, a Spirit analyst said.
Spirit also will benefit from American Airlines’ record-setting order announced Wednesday for 450 narrowbody aircraft placed with Boeing and Airbus.
Spirit builds the 737 fuselage in Wichita.
It also builds parts of all Airbus aircraft at its plants in the United Kingdom.
“The American order is good news for us all the way around,” said Spirit spokeswoman Debbie Gann said.
Shares of Spirit jumped 7.3 percent Wednesday, gaining $1.50 to close at $22.07. Shares have traded between $17.93 and $26.49 in the past year.
The plan to replace the engines on the 737 with more fuel-efficient engines called the Leap X is subject to approval from Boeing’s board of directors. A Boeing official said Wednesday that the program is expected to be launched sometime this fall.
American’s order to Boeing includes 100 737 Next Generation aircraft with options for 40 more. It also committed to buy 100 of the planes with the new engines with an option for 60 more.
American’s order to Airbus is for 260 single-aisle aircraft, including 130 of A320 family of aircraft with new engines, called the A320neo, for new engine option.
Boeing’s decision to go with 737 engine replacement rather than replacing the 737 with an all-new design is good for Spirit, said Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia.
A new airplane would present a major risk, he said.
Boeing would put work on the new plane out for bid, he said. And there are no guarantees whether or how much work Spirit would win.
The 737 program accounts for half of Spirit’s revenue and keeps thousands of its 10,400 Wichita employees busy.
Without the program, “the big risk is keeping people working,” he said.
In addition, Boeing officials have said that a replacement plane would likely be a composite aircraft. A composite fuselage would require fewer workers than the aluminum 737.
Aboulafia called the 737 a “relatively labor intensive fuselage” by comparison.
“Building the same tube you’ve built for decades is very different from having to collaborate the design work and new equipment needed to build something new,” Aboulafia said.
Adding new engines to the 737 is not a major change to the design.
“It’s a minor derivative,” he said.
The re-engining project will keep the 737 in production for many more years, Aboulafia said.
For its part, Spirit is digesting the news of Boeing’s decision, Gann said.
“We’ll be obviously working closely with Boeing to support the re-engine,” she said. “We’ve been talking with Boeing about all kinds of possibilities trying to stay in a position where we can support our customer whatever they decide.”
The decision came months earlier than expected.
Last month at the Paris Air Show, Boeing officials said they would not rush a decision, which would likely be made toward the end of the year.
Boeing has had separate teams studying the two options. Customers seemed to be leaning toward an all-new aircraft, officials have said.
Airbus outshined Boeing at the air show with announcements of hundreds of orders for the A320neo.
In addition, Boeing had to compete vigorously with Airbus for the American Airlines order.
In the end, the decision against launching an all-new plane came down to production worries, said Jim Albaugh, head of Boeing’s commercial aircraft division.
The challenges of producing a new composite airplane at the high production rates necessary to meet demand was a big stumbling block, he said.
“While the technology was there to do a new airplane, the production system is not understood how to build some 60 composite airplanes a month,” Albaugh said.
A new airplane would not be ready in the short time frame customers desired.
“They wanted more airplanes now,” Albaugh said.
In making the decision, Boeing was able to “stave off a disaster,” Aboulafia said.
“In 10 years, it (production) might be solvable,” he said. “I think they knew volume production of a composite tube is quite problematic given what we know about production today.”
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American Airlines said Friday that it has agreed to a sale-leaseback arrangement with an independent aircraft leasing company to finance up to 35 Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft.
The arrangement calls for 29 firm deliveries, including 26 previously ordered aircraft and three newly ordered aircraft. The arrangement also covers six more 737-800 Next Generation aircraft subject to purchase rights for possible delivery in 2013-2014.
Under the sale-leaseback arrangement, AerCap will purchase the aircraft from American and lease them back to the Fort Worth-based carrier.
“We are pleased to significantly expand our relationship with AerCap and diversify our financing strategies,” said Bella Goren, chief financial officer for AMR Corp., American’s parent company. “This arrangement is a great reflection of the flexibility we have to efficiently raise capital in support of AMR’s strategic fleet renewal efforts.”
American Airlines also updated its fleet replacement schedule on Friday. The airline plans for delivery of 15 Boeing 737-800s in 2011, 28 in 2012 and 14 in 2013.
American has reportedly been negotiating with Chicago-based Boeing and France-based Airbus to add up to 250 new, fuel-efficient aircrafts to its fleet, according to media reports in recent weeks.