Last night I got a great tip that American would be operating a flight using their new Dreamliner trim – the 787-9. The airplane is scheduled to make its public debut on November 4th with flights from Dallas-Forth Worth to Sao Paolo and Madrid.

However, as part of mandatory ETOPS certification (Extended Operations) from the FAA, American will be operating the 787-9 on Flight 50 from DFW-LHR and Flight 51 from LHR-DFW on October 4 and 5, respectively. You can read more about ETOPS here.

The aircraft swap has already been loaded into AA’s reservation system and is available for booking RIGHT NOW!

American Flight 50 from DFW-LHR on 10/4 using the 787-900.

American Flight 50 from DFW-LHR on 10/4 using the 787-9.

American Flight 51 from LHR-DFW on 10/5 using the 787-900.

American Flight 51 from LHR-DFW on 10/5 using the 787-9.

American Flight 51 from LHR-DFW on 10/4 using the Boeing 777-200.

American Flight 51 from LHR-DFW on 10/4 using the Boeing 777-200.

As of right now I’m seeing no Business SAAver award availability, but I am seeing Economy SAAver availability at 30,000 miles each way. Not bad!

If you have elite status with American you’ll be able to book one of the remaining 15 premium economy seats in rows 9-11.

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What are the differences?

The differences between the 787-9 and 787-8 don’t mean much for you. The airplane is longer and stronger than the 787-8, but these differences are mainly important for the pilots. First Officer Troy is a United 787-8/9 pilot and offered a small tidbit below about a difference between the two airplanes – flaps!

 

 

(Hat tip to @xJonNYC)