American Airlines brought its Boeing 787 to Los Angeles for the first time on Thursday. There's no scheduled service to L.A. yet - American is only flying passengers between Dallas and Chicago - but the goal was to familiarize LAX ground staff with the aircraft.
I was impressed with American's 787. No, it doesn't compare with Etihad or Emirates, but the cabin is warm and inviting. It feels different than American's other aircraft, and a bit more luxurious. That's in comparison to United's 787, which looks like every other widebody in the airline's fleet.
Here are some photographs from my tour:
Below is the rest compartment for pilots. On long flights, there are three or four pilots, with only two in the cockpit during cruise. The others hang out here, either in the bunks or in the single seat. This area is just behind the cockpit. Flight attendants have a similar one - it is larger - in the back of the plane.
I believe this is a business class lavatory. The mood lighting and the faux wood paneling are nice touches.
This is the economy class cabin with mood lighting. American has gone with a standard 3-3-3 configuration. Some travelers find the 787 cramped in economy.
Below, a shot of the business class seat. A solid seat for a U.S. carrier.
If you fly in business class flat beds, you know foot space is important. Some airlines have wide seats at the shoulders but leave only narrow space for the feet. This saves space, but it's not great for passengers. I think American's seat has adequate foot space. Not the best I have seen, though far from the worst. What do you think of my sneakers?
To turn your seat into a bed, use the touch screen.
Another shot of the economy cabin. The screens are high-resolution, but I'm sure over time they'll seem dated. They always do. That's why I travel with my iPad.
This is the back galley in economy class. Have you ever seen one so clean?
A final shot of economy.
One final note. If you've never traveled on the Dreamliner, I'd recommend keeping expectations low for your first flight. Yes, it's new, and it has some special extras. But it's an airplane, and it generally looks like any other airplane you've flown on.