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American Announces New Boeing 777-300 Routes

by on May 26, 2012 · 15 comments

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American announced this week that the airline would begin flying the first of its fleet of 10 new Boeing 777-300ER’s starting in December, after it takes delivery. Dallas/Forth Worth-Sao Paulo will be the first route the new aircraft fly on December 13, then service will expand in February and April to include routes to and from JFK and London as well. I tried checking for MileSAAver awards and nothing is loaded yet, but I’m going to set up ExpertFlyer alerts. Anyone down for a Sao Paulo meetup? I’ve never been and this is as good of a reason as I can think!

American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER routes will include:
Dallas/Fort Worth-Sao Paulo 3-6x a week
Dallas/Forth Worth-London Heathrow daily service
New York-JFK to London Heathrow daily service
New York-JFK to Sao-Paulo daily service

A schedule of the routes being rolled out.

The new 777-300ERs will be configured as three-class aircraft and will include fully lie-flat First and Business Class seats, Main Cabin Extra seats, and international Wi-Fi capability.

The new 777's First Class seats.

From American’s site, some of the other new features will include:

  • Fully lie-flat First and Business Class seating with aisle access from every seat
  • Specially designed Main Cabin seating offering more knee room and more comfort
  • International Wi-Fi capability
  • Universal AC power outlets and USB jacks available at every seat
  • Up to 120 movies, and over 150 TV programs and 350 audio selections to choose from
  • Unique mood lighting and a dramatic archway and ceiling treatment to create a feeling of spaciousness
  • Increased fuel efficiency

You can read about the complete list of amenities onboard these new planes here.

Roundtrip business class MileSAAver tickets are available on a new 777-300ER in April from JFK-Sao Paolo for 100,000 miles and $56 in taxes.

Now might be a good time to start booking award travel on these flights either using American Advantage miles or British Airways Avios. We made some mock bookings and so far most of these flights have MileSAAver award space for 100K miles in business class. I might even just book an award or buy a cheap coach ticket and use one of my American systemwide upgrades to try out the new premium classes.

The plane's entry will have "mood lighting."

Despite the bankruptcy, it’s good to see some major investments being made by American since up to this point, it’s fleet has been among the oldest and least fuel efficient in the US airline market. I personally loathe their angled lie flats and look forward to them refurbishing their 767 and 777 fleet to include the new business and economy class cabins (refurbished planes should start rolling out in 2014).

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  • http://www.travelingwellforless.com/ Debbie Schroeder

    Unfortunately on American you can’t use a SWU on an award ticket, you must be thinking of Delta (wink).

  • Mark

    Do these nifty new planes continue to feature the same angry and bitter flight attendants as the other planes?

  • Teja

    It is also available on BA.com, but there appears to be only 1 seat available!

  • thepointsguy

    Ha that was a type.. meant OR instead of And. Fixed, thx!

  • thepointsguy

    If its a US carrier, you can count on it!

  • Mon

    I had just booked my ticket for the holidays before the announcement ;-) It’s not rare to have coach well over $2k due to holiday season. Would love to have a meetup TPG! SP is a great place for foodies (and drinks, of course ;-D )

  • Tom

    It’s a sad day when we get excited about a US flag carrier procuring an aircraft with features that other carriers have been enjoying for the better part of a decade. :(

    Still, hats off to American for the fleet upgrade, it’s badly needed!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=3431439 JP Cross

    I’m down for another trip down there. I flew the DFW to GRU route on AA in First in 2009 and the seats felt pretty ancient. The flight attendants were all quite mature as well.

    The Emilano hotel was pretty awesome– japanese soaking baths, chopper pad on the roof, and a wall garden in the indoor/outdoor dining room.

  • Bob

    TPG, I’m a daily blog reader and points collector living in SP. Feel free to shoot me an email if you come to town in December.

  • WeflyAA

    Try China Air next time, sweetheart.

  • Weflyaa

    Get a f_____life Bozo. You try evacuating a plane full of nasty, ungrateful bimbos who have forgotten that our job isn’t to kiss your ass but to save it when some virgin loving terrorist decides to become holy for the same cheap price your grandfather paid for a ticket 40 years ago. I think Aeroflat may have your reservation confirmed.

  • Richny212

    I know……because there are SO many crashes where flight attendants save people. That’s really more important than being nice. lol

  • Olivierdesante

    Get over yourself. I’m a AA Exec Plat with AA and agree that their international flight attendants are, on average, old, jaded, and mean. Besides their fat asses can’t tie their shoes much less save my ass in the event of an emergency

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  • lovesliberalnews

    I just flew AA business class on 777-300 from JFK to HTR and the flight attendants were amazing. Completely opposite of what both you say.

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