American Airlines took delivery today of its first Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, becoming the first US carrier to add the aircraft type to its fleet.
The Oneworld carrier's new aircraft is registered N717AN (manufacturer's serial number 31543) and is scheduled to fly a ferry flight from Paine Field near Seattle to Dallas-Fort Worth today, according to FlightAware.com.
The 777 will be the first to feature American's new livery and was delivered without its traditional livery, says American. The carrier has not unveiled details of its new livery.
The aircraft will enter into service on 31 January 2013 on the flight between Dallas-Fort Worth and Sao Paulo, before being operated on flights to London from both Dallas-Fort Worth and New York John F. Kennedy.
American had been scheduled to launch the new 777-300ER on revenue service this month but production issues with the first class suites on the aircraft delayed the first flight.
"This aircraft will deliver a new level of comfort, connectivity, and convenience for our customers. We are especially pleased to be among the first in the industry to offer a combination of fully lie-flat seats with all-aisle access, international wi-fi, and state-of-the-art in-seat entertainment," says American's chief commercial officer Virasb Vahidi.
American's 777-300ER cabin is configured with three classes, featuring lie-flat seats in first and business class.
The airline has orders for 14 777-300ERs, including the one that was delivered today.