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American Airlines to Fly a 787 Between Los Angeles and Chicago

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The Dreamliner is one of the comfiest ways to get from A to B. It’s always a bonus when a carrier announces that it will begin flying a Dreamliner on a route that isn’t typically serviced by a 787 — especially when both the origin and destination are within the US.

Well, Dreamliner lovers rejoice: American Airlines will be flying the 787-8 Dreamliner between Los Angeles (LAX) and Chicago (ORD) daily from June 2 until (at least) April 11, 2017.

Schedule

A one-way economy seat on the "inaugural flight" is currently running $240.
A one-way economy seat on the “inaugural flight” is currently running $240.

Only one of the nine daily flights between LAX-ORD will be on the Dreamliner. So, if you want to make sure to be on the right flight, the schedule will be:

  • Los Angeles to Chicago: Flight 110, departs 9:40am, arrives 3:47pm
  • Chicago to Los Angeles: Flight 2225, departs 6:20pm, arrives 8:38pm (June 2-August 22)
  • Chicago to Los Angeles: Flight 111, departs 5:28pm, arrives 8:01pm (August 23-April 11)

Business Class

Forward-facing seats are open to the aisle and have a movable armrest on the aisle side.
These Dreamliner business-class seats certainly beat the standard domestic flight business-class seats!

Want to experience lie-flat business-class seats on a four-hour domestic flight? Flights in business class are running at least $718 round-trip. But, if you’re an American Airlines Gold or Platinum, you can apply four 500-mile upgrades to upgrade from economy to business one-way. These business-class seats will likely be popular, but at least there are 28 of them to possibly upgrade into.

Just make sure to pick your seat carefully — especially if you hope to catch a nap on the flight. As TPG Contributor Kevin Song details in his review of the AA Dreamliner, many of the business-class seats are connected to each other. If your neighbor moves, you’re going to feel it.

Main Cabin Extra

View of the Main Cabin Extra section and back towards standard economy seats.
The AA 787-8 Dreamliner’s Main Cabin Extra section.

The American Airlines 787-8 Dreamliner offers 57 Main Cabin Extra seats — more than any other aircraft in the fleet. While these seats are still just 17 inches wide, at least you’ll get five more inches of legroom than the standard economy seats.

AA Platinum and Executive Platinum elite members can grab one of the 57 Main Cabin Extra seats at booking. Gold status holders have the option to pick a Main Cabin Extra seat for 50% off ($29-$31 each way for this route) — or for free at check-in. No status? Pick the best available option and then make sure to check for better options at check-in. Just don’t be tricked into paying to choose a seat when you might not have to.

Are you going to fly AA’s domestic Dreamliner route?

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