American Airlines accepts delivery of first Boeing 787 aircraft

In these American Airlines photos, crews prepare to accept delivery of the airline's first Boeing 787. The man on the left is American test pilot David Hensley.

In these American Airlines photos, crews prepare to accept delivery of the airline's first Boeing 787. The man on the left is American test pilot David Hensley.

American Airlines this week accepted delivery of its first Boeing 787 aircraft, according to a American employee newsletter. 

Flight attendants engineers and a test pilot went up to Washington state to take the plane from Boeing, the newsletter says. But customers won't get to ride on the plane until "later this spring."

Because this is a new aircraft type for American, the process for integrating it into the fleet will take longer than usual. 

"Our Aircraft Delivery Team has officially started the aircraft acceptance process which involves very detailed inspections of the aircraft that include not only the new interior but the entire aircraft," the employees were told. 

American wants to make sure the aircraft is just right before it starting deploying it, first around the U.S. and later on international missions.

"Just like a final walk through before you close on a new house, they’ll make requests of Boeing and our interior vendors to put the finishing touches on everything from the new Business Class seats to the overhead bins, lavatories and tray tables," the newsletter says. 

I have yet to see any pictures of American's Boeing 787 interior, which is amazing in this era of internet and social media leaks. Have you?