Dallas Voice was given access to American Airlines’ new Boeing 777-300ER on Friday, May 10, as part of the annual GLBT Press Tour put on by the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau promoting LGBT travel to the city.
Attempting to modernize its fleet and remain competitive with other domestic carriers such as United and Delta, American is the first domestic airline to take delivery of the new fuel-efficient 777-300ER (Extended Range). With a range of just over 9,000 miles (7,930 nautical miles), the aircraft will allow American Airlines to begin service from Los Angeles to London in mid-June and from Dallas to Sao Paulo in early August.
Subject matter experts involved in the design of the interior of the plane were on hand to answer questions, and provide demonstrations of various accoutrements. In addition to the increased fuel economy, which according to Boeing is approximately 33 percent above its 747 model, the new aircraft boasts added amenities such as fully lie-flat 81-inch seats in First and Business Class — all with direct aisle access.
Passengers will not have to worry about conserving battery power on iPads, iPhones, e-readers, or other mobile electronic devices since all seats come with access to power outlets and USB jacks for charging personal devices. A particularly welcomed upgrade for business travelers (as well as anyone going through Internet withdrawal) is the plane’s international Wi-Fi provided by Panasonic.
As far as entertainment goes, the new 777-300ER is equipped with individual touchscreens that have access to up to 250 movies, more than 180 TV programs, and more than 350 audio selections. Passengers in First and Business Class will be offered Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headsets as well as pajamas and closed-toe slippers. Those riding in coach will enjoy seats that have a higher recline pivot, providing increased knee room as well as the recline angle of the seatback.
A new feature for any U.S. airline is the walk-up bar in the premium cabin which is stocked with a selection of snacks, sandwiches and assorted sweets. No doubt an attempt to improve service and cut down on the wait time of a flight attendants responding to passengers’ requests. More photos below.