(SEATTLE) -- American Airlines announced Wednesday it has ordered two Boeing 777-300ERs, making it the first U.S. airline to put in a request for the twin-engine, long-haul airplanes.
"American is the first carrier in the United States to order the 777-300ER," Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh said. "These new airplanes will complement their large fleet of 777-200ERs offering additional flexibility in serving the nonstop routes, while providing increased efficiency and reliability."
The 777-300ERs can seat up to 365 passengers, emits 22 percent less carbon dioxide per seat and costs 20 percent less to operate per seat.
"We value the combination of size, range and performance of the 777-300ER, as well as the extensive customer amenities it offers," said Tom Horton, President of AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines and American Eagle. "The seating capability of the aircraft will give us growth flexibility in slot-constrained airports and provide us with greater ability to serve new long-haul markets."
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