Here Are the First Routes for American Airlines’ Reconfigured 787-8
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As in life, frequent flyers must take the good with the bad. Until, of course, they’ve had enough and opt for a HondaJet Elite to get them from Point A to Point B. For AA loyalists sticking to commercial (at least in the near-term), we’ve learned that its fleet of reconfigured Boeing 787-8 aircraft will soon fly from Chicago (ORD) and Dallas–Fort Worth (DFW) to a handful of global destinations beginning in May 2019.
Per new data unearthed by RoutesOnline, American Airlines has recently filed paperwork outlining initial routes for the revamped Dreamliners. Earlier this year, we noted that the retrofit would boost seating capacity overall, with American stripping out eight business class seats and reducing Main Cabin Extra by 13 seats to make room for a four-row, 28-seat (2-3-2) premium economy section. In addition to the loss of 13 Main Cabin Extra seats, there’s another downside to this reconfiguration for window-seat lovers: American is putting almost all Main Cabin Extra (MCE) seating into the middle column of the aircraft.
Now, at least, we know where these birds will fly. Starting May 2, 2019, the reconfigured 787-8 will find itself gradually operating the below routes.
From Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to:
- Athens (ATH)
- Barcelona (BCN)
- Dallas–Fort Worth (DFW)
- Dublin (DUB)
- London Heathrow (LHR)
- Paris (CDG)
- Rome (FCO)
- Tokyo–Narita (NRT)
- Venice (VCE)
From Dallas–Fort Worth (DFW) to:
- Beijing (PVG)
- Frankfurt (FRA)
- Munich (MUC)
- Santiago de Chile (SCL)
In searching on AA.com, it appears that many of the routes above are loaded and bookable via both cash and AAdvantage miles from May 2, 2019, onward. We found copious economy MileSAAver (low-level) award availability for routes between Chicago (ORD) and London Heathrow (LHR), though spotting low-level availability in the business cabin proved more difficult.
Interestingly, AA’s site doesn’t yet allow for booking award tickets in the Premium Economy cabin, so if you’re jonesing to try that product, it’s cash or bust for the moment.
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