American Airlines has used wide-body aircraft in all sorts of interesting markets (given the lack of demand for international travel). Here is another flight to add to the list.
American will fly 787 between Dallas and Anchorage
Flying to Alaska could be quite comfortable this summer as Americans will be flying a wide-body aircraft. American Airlines will fly a Boeing 787-9 daily between Dallas and Anchorage between June 3 and August 16, 2021. The service runs according to the following schedule:
AA867 Dallas to Anchorage Departs 3:35 p.m. Arrives 7:30 p.m.
AA867 Anchorage to Dallas Departure 8:40 p.m. Arrival 6:05 a.m. (+1 day)
This 3,043 mile flight is blocked at 6 hours 55 minutes west and 6 hours 25 minutes east.
American Airlines flies 787-9 to Anchorage
Some interesting things to keep in mind about this:
- Otherwise, American Airlines operates an A321neo in the “Oasis” configuration on this route. So, talk about a huge difference in terms of passenger experience
- American’s 787-9s have 30 fully flat herringbone Business Class seats, which is particularly comfortable for Redeye service to the east
- American’s 787-9s have 21 premium economy seats that are similar to domestic first class seats. These can be assigned like all other seats in the main cabin. So this is a great opportunity
- This isn’t the first time Americans have flown a 787 on this route, as the airline seasonally flew a 787-8 between Dallas and Anchorage back in 2019
American Airlines Premium Economy
Expect more flights like this one
Suffice it to say that with the current very low demand for international travel, airlines have far more wide-body aircraft than they need. While these planes would have historically operated mainly transatlantic and transpacific flights full of tourists in the summer, this year will be different.
Even if most American adults hopefully have access to vaccines by May, the chances are the borders won’t reopen anytime soon. For example, I wouldn’t expect Americans to be able to travel to the European Union for much of the summer, and I would expect most of Asia to remain closed.
We’ve seen American wide-body planes fly to Hawaii for a long time, so it’s cool to see the 787 fly to Alaska now too. This is on top of all of the 777 and 787 flights we see in the “lower 48” that are unlikely to increase until the coming months as more and more people want to fly domestically.
Americans fly many 777s domestically right now
American Airlines will fly one Boeing 787 daily between Dallas and Anchorage in the midsummer season of 2021. If you are considering a trip to Alaska this is a pretty convenient way to get there. This applies regardless of whether you want to book Business Class (in which case you will get a flat bed) or whether you want to book Economy and secure a Premium Economy seat.
What do you think of Americans flying a 787 to Alaska this summer?
(Tip of the hat closed @IshrionA)