American Airlines Signs Purchase Deal with Boeing
The two aircraft are expected to be delivered in late 2012.
Additional terms of the commitment were not disclosed. From 2007 through 2010, AA has invested $4.2 billion in aircraft, cabin, and facility improvements to enhance the customer experience.
The 777-300ERS will expand international service, either incremental frequencies in markets American serves today, or new routes largely resulting from its alliance initiatives.
As part of their recently launched trans-Atlantic business, oneworld members AA, British Airways and Iberia revealed service on five additional international routes, beginning in spring 2011. They are: New York JFK-Budapest and Chicago-Helsinki (operated by AA), London Heathrow-San Diego (operated by British Airways), plus Madrid-Los Angeles and Barcelona-Miami (operated by Iberia).
Also in spring 2011, AA will add additional frequencies from New York JFK to Barcelona and Miami to Madrid.
On January 11, 2011, AA and Japan Airlines revealed the launch of their trans-Pacific joint business. Customers can expect to benefit from better flight schedules, expanded code-sharing, more coordinated services, and greater access to a wider variety of fares.
Additional consumer benefits over the coming months are anticipated as the cooperation level deepens between the two airlines. Additionally, AA plans to start its new nonstop daily service between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Tokyo's Haneda International Airport in February 2011, and to launch service from Los Angeles to Shanghai, China, in April 2011.
Japan Airlines began service from Haneda to San Francisco in late October 2011. The carriers have already begun, or plan, to code-share on these flights.
Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of commercial airplanes at Boeing, said: â€œAA is the first carrier in the United States to order the 777-300ER. These new airplanes will complement their large fleet of 777-200ERs by offering additional flexibility in serving nonstop routes while providing increased efficiency and reliability.â€
Tom Horton, president, AMR Corporation, the parent company of AA and American Eagle, said: â€œWe value the combination of size, range and performance of the 777-300ER, as well as the extensive customer amenities it offers. The seating capability of the aircraft will give us growth flexibility in slot-constrained airports and provide us with greater ability to serve new long-haul markets.â€
Will the deal support AA's network strategy and international growth?
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