American Airlines has achieved a significant milestone in the aviation industry. With the delivery of their 37th aircraft, a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, they have officially become the world's largest operator of this aircraft variant. This achievement surpasses All Nippon Airways (ANA), the launch customer of the Dreamliner, who held the previous title with a fleet of 36 787-8s.
Expansion of American Airlines' Dreamliner Fleet: On May 19th, American Airlines claimed the title of the world's largest operator of the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. The inaugural test flight took place on May 4th, departing from Charleston International Airport, where Boeing's final assembly line for the Dreamliner is located. The aircraft completed the flight in three hours and two minutes.
Test Flights and Customization: Prior to the official test flight, five test flights were conducted to ensure the aircraft's performance and safety. Following the successful test flights, the 787-8 was flown across the country to Victorville, where it underwent a new paint job.
Recent Deliveries and Flight Schedule: American Airlines received three 787-8s last month, manufactured in November 2021. One of these planes had previously flown to San Antonio in April 2022, was stored until September 23rd, and was finally delivered to the airline a few weeks ago. In June, American Airlines has scheduled a total of 1,674 flights with the 787-8, with frequent service on the Los Angeles-Tokyo Haneda route, operating twice daily.
ANA's Previous Title and Fleet Details: ANA, as the launch customer for the Boeing 787, received its first 787-8 in September 2011. Until last month, they held the title of the largest operator, with 36 Dreamliners in their fleet. The most recent delivery to ANA was in May 2016, making their newest 787-8 just over seven years old, according to Simple Flying and Ch-aviation.
American Airlines has achieved a remarkable feat by surpassing ANA as the world's largest operator of the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. With the expansion of their Dreamliner fleet, American Airlines is set to offer an enhanced flying experience to passengers, particularly on their Los Angeles-Tokyo Haneda route. As both airlines continue to operate these advanced aircraft, the Dreamliner continues to solidify its position as a game-changer in the aviation industry.
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