American Airlines will more than double its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet with a new order for 47 of the twin-aisle airplane plus 28 options. The 47 aircraft are valued at more than $12 billion at list prices. The order makes American Airlines the largest 787 customer in the Western Hemisphere.
American originally ordered 42 Dreamliners and has been using the airplanes to open new routes around the world, including Asia Pacific and Europe. While American still has more airplanes on the way from its initial order, the airline is buying the additional Dreamliners – 22 787-8s and 25 787-9s – to further modernize and expand its fleet.
American becomes the latest airline to place a repeat order for the 787 Dreamliner. More than half of the program's 71 customers have done so, which has helped the 787 program achieve more than 1,350 orders to date.
Boeing's Global Services division provides American Airlines with efficiency tools such as Airplane Health Management and Toolbox, which help the airline improve operational performance and improve dispatch reliability.
The 787-8 Dreamliner can fly 242 passengers up to 7,355nm (13,620km) in a typical two-class configuration. The 787-9, a stretch of the 787-8, can fly 290 passengers up to 7,635lnm.
GEnx engines to power AA’s Dreamliners
American Airlines selected GE Aviation's GEnx-1B engines to power its 47 newly ordered Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The carrier also signed a TrueChoice overhaul agreement with GE for up to 20 years of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) for the GEnx-1B engines ordered.
The engine order and TrueChoice agreement is valued at more than $6.5 billion at engine list price and over the life of the Services agreement. The order will increase American Airlines' GEnx-powered Boeing 787 Dreamliner to 89 aircraft.
With this order, the GEnx order book rises beyond 2,000 engines sold in less than 15 years since the program was selected to power the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, solidifying it as the fastest selling high-thrust GE engine in history.
As the world's first commercial engine with both a carbon fiber composite front fan case and fan blades, the GEnx fan module is lighter in weight, corrosion resistant with less line maintenance and improved reliability, and is the quietest engine GE produces.
GEnx's revenue-sharing participants are IHI Corp. of Japan, GKN Aerospace Engine Systems of the UK, MTU of Germany, TechSpace Aero (Safran) of Belgium, Safran Aircraft Engines of France, and Samsung Techwin of Korea.
TrueChoice overhaul provides time and material overhauls with tailored workscopes specific to shop visit objectives, economic priorities, and ownership horizon for one engine or a fleet. All TrueChoice offerings are underpinned by GE Aviation's data and analytic capabilities and experience.