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AA pushes back launch of new 777-300ERs

American Airlines’ much-heralded new 777-300ERs are still due to go into service on some of its key international routes soon, but apparently not quite as soon as previously expected.

The Dallas Morning News said last week it has confirmed with American that the new planes are being delayed for about seven weeks. The delay was attributed to production issues with the next-generation first class seats that are being provided by a U.K. company.

American had originally announced that it would put the first new 777-300ER into service on December 13 between Dallas/Ft. Worth and Sao Paulo, Brazil; that inaugural is now scheduled for January 31, the newspaper reported.

American is taking delivery of 14 new 777-300ERs. Besides the DFW-Sao Paulo route, the aircraft is slated to start flying between DFW-London Heathrow, New York JFK-London Heathrow and JFK-Sao Paulo.

The 777-300ERs will have a three-class configuration, including fully lie-flat seats in first and business class; a Main Cabin Extra section in economy class offering extra legroom; new in-flight entertainment systems; and satellite-based international Wi-Fi service.

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