Back in March American Airlines Chairman Doug Parker described the Boeing 767 as a bad customer experience and suggested they needed to retire the aircraft sooner. Indeed shortly after that the airline announced a big order of Boeing 787s.
While offering a less spacious business class than other widebodies, and overall an antiquated interior, in some ways it’s the best plane to fly in coach because the seats are wider — by half an inch compared to Boeing 777s and even up to a full inch compared to American’s Boeing 787s.
American Boeing 767 Business Class
Talking about flying widebodies on domestic routes, American Airlines Vice President – Planning Vasu Raja told employees in Chicago last week that they’ll see more of it in winter and less of it in summer. That’s presumably because over the summer they use widebodies more for seasonal routes to Europe.
There will always be some domestic widebody flying in and out of Chicago for utilization purposes, spare aircraft time that’s not enough to send the plane on an another international trip.
We can expect to see more Boeing 767 flying domestically though going forward. He explained,
As the 767 is retired, as it’s going through the process of retiring it, we will bring it increasingly into the East Coast to go die and fly fewer trips into other hubs.
We’ll start to see Boeing 767s flying domestic routes simply because they view the product as being uncompetitive with international flying, certainly in premium cabins. And the aircraft isn’t reliable enough for once a day international routes either.