Transatlantic flights by American Airlines between Manchester and Chicago are being upgraded with the use of a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
American’s 787-8 features satellite Wi-Fi as well as higher humidity and pressurisation, leaving customers more refreshed after their flight.
The aircraft is configured with 28 fully lie-flat Business Class seats, each with direct-aisle access, 55 Main Cabin Extra seats with extra legroom, and 143 economy seats.
Every seat has a touchscreen monitor equipped with up to 260 films, 240 TV shows, 13 radio channels, 350 albums and 20 games, along with universal AC power outlets and USB compatibility.
The announcement comes ahead of the airline celebrating 30 years of operating from Manchester, having started with flights to Chicago in April 1986.
American now employs almost 40 staff at the airport and offers daily flights to New York JFK and Philadelphia in addition to Chicago.
The airline’s UK and Ireland sales director, David Thomas, said: “Upgrading our Chicago flight to the 787 underpins the importance of the Manchester market to American, and is a fitting way to celebrate our 30th anniversary in the north west.
“Serving Manchester, along with our joint business partner British Airways, is crucial to maintaining our strong competitive position in the UK.”
Manchester airport commercial director, Stephen Turner, added: “We are delighted that American Airlines is bringing the 787 Dreamliner onto their Chicago route in their 30th year of operations from Manchester Airport.
“I am sure our 23 million annual passengers will appreciate the upgraded experience and the additional choice of service available on-board.”
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