Order up: A U.S. first

Even though it was born in the USA, it has been generating a lot of buzz overseas. Now, the excitement over Boeing’s 777-300ER has American Airlines getting in on the action. American just finalized a contract to buy two of the planes, becoming the first U.S. carrier to place an order for them.

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Rendering of American’s future 777-300ER

It’s more proof that U.S. airlines are now turning their attention to long-haul routes. These new 777-300ERs provide more capacity and even more efficiency and will be flown on American’s current international routes or new routes in conjunction with its partners.

This passenger pleasing aircraft typically seats about 365 passengers — about 20% more capacity than the 777-200ER. This gives American a lot more flexibility at airports where slots are tight and some more options for new markets.

Comments (9)

Christine (Seattle, WA):

Having grown up in the 70's, I really appreciate how you work rock and roll song references into your blog posts. Very clever. Keep it up!

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

I am glad to see the first U.S. airline, American Airlines order the 777-300ER, I hope to see other U.S. airlines order the 777-300ER soon.

Tom (Portland, Oregon):

Why would an airline the size of AA order just TWO long haul aircraft? That isn't enough to run one intl. Seems Odd, as you would of thought they would of ordered more of them, unless it is just to try them, and if they like them, to buy a ton of them. Oh well, and order is an order, if only for two aircraft.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

That's awesome - that is the largest plane they have/will operate since the 747-100 in the 1970's!

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Tom,

British Airways also ordered two, has four on lease from GECAS, and has options for a further four from Boeing.

Every major airline in the world - excluding the those in United States - has them in their fleets - except two, one in Europe, another in Oceania. In the US, the industry as a whole has really struggled financially, and therefore has barely placed any orders in the last couple of years - especially compared to their peers in 2005, 2006 & 2007. There'll be growing opportunities for fleet upgrades as they balance their books.

Tom (Germany):

Paulo M,

look at Emirates! If I want to fly to you country,
if have to fly via Dubai.
Thus Emirates may use big a/cs to go from any European city to Dubai, as the plane will contain customers who intend to fly from Dubai just to airports southern or eastner (from norh to south)
off Dubai! If the price and the equipment are ok
then even 777-300 will be filled up on most legs.

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

While I hope more US airlines will order the 777-300ER, I also wish AA doesn't pack the economy class with 3-4-3 seating like Air New Zealand. ;)

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Tom (Germany), {same Tom?}

You can fly Emirates from Johannesburg - or Durban - to Dubai. And, onwards to over 100 destinations, many of which have direct services to Johannesburg, such as Sydney, Hong Kong, Mumbai, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Atlanta, São Paulo, etc. Why does it work when going direct is obviously quite a bit shorter in some cases? I think that Emirates will likely have very good load factors on their 90 A380's - and they will uniquely achieve this, and on that scale.

Seems like a workable formulae that very successful airlines in very prosperous city-states seem to thrive on. Note Singapore Airlines.

Bob J (Woodland, CA):

It's good to see an American company buying American built aircraft. To me it is such a bummer to see America companies purchasing non-American aircraft and expecting those in the know to support their company with our dollars. Especially when they were operating a primarily Boeing/MD/Lockheed fleet for many years and switch to a European brand.

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