American Receives First Aircraft with Boeing Sky Interior
Today, American Airlines received the first Next-Generation 737-800 featuring the all-new Boeing Sky Interior (BSI) – part of American’s fleet modernization plan and focus on enhancing the customer experience. The new 737-800 BSI offers several unique features:
- Larger overhead bins, which will hold 48 more bags than standard overhead bins on American’s MD-80 aircraft
- Sculpted sidewalls provide customers with a contemporary feeling of spaciousness and updated window reveals make the windows appear larger
- Brighter and longer-lasting LED lighting that can be programmed to create different effects during the flight such as a soft blue sky overhead
- Intuitive placement of switches and call buttons and improved sound quality are innovative features that will enhance the customer experience
In addition to the enhancements to its 737 planes, American has several fleet renewal efforts already under way. They include:
- MD-80 Retirement: The 737 deliveries are designed to replace the MD-80 fleet with more passenger-friendly, fuel-efficient aircraft – lessening the impact on the environment.
- 757 Domestic Retrofit: In August 2010, American began enhancing its domestic fleet of 106 Boeing 757-200s with the installation of customized First and Economy Class Seats, bigger overhead storage bins and updated inflight entertainment throughout the aircraft.
- 787-9 Dreamliner: Entering into a purchase agreement with Boeing to acquire an initial 42 of the 789-9 Dreamliner aircraft, with the right to purchase up to 58 additional 787s
- 777-300ERs: American has five 777-300ERs that are scheduled for delivery in 2012 and 2013 and will complement American’s fleet, offering additional network flexibility in the future, and providing increased efficiency due to better seat mile economics and performance characteristics.