American Airlines inherited a boatload of international flights with their 2013 merger with US Airways. With routes predominantly flown by their aging Airbus A330-300 fleet, as well as the now retired Boeing 767-200s, change was bound to happen. To keep up with the demand of the routes, the American flag carrier supplemented the A330s with the Boeing 767-300ER, which are now in the process of being phased out. Plenty of speculation was held amongst those who frequent PHL of whether the hub will house Boeing 777s, or just eventually start out fresh with a fleet of Boeing 787s to supplement the Airbus A330-200 fleet.
In the late summer of 2019, American announced a plethora of changes to their PHL international routes, each one scheduled to receive a B787-8. The routes were listed to be a mixed bag of international and domestic routes, similar to what the B767-200 flew prior to its retirement: ZRH, AMS, MAN, ORD, and LAX. That's a total of at least 5 Boeing 787s operating from PHL on a daily basis. On January 7, 2020, the first and second Boeing 787s were re-positioned to PHL to commence the Boeing 787 era at PHL. The first (photographed above), substituting for the B757-200 route, American 1328 from Dallas Fort-Worth. The second is arriving after dark as American 2608 from Chicago O-Hare, the commencement of a new daily route.
2015 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
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American Airlines' first scheduled B787-8 service into its PHL base. This flight is a one-off flight to DFW, with the 787 substituting for a 757. The 787 is scheduled to begin service to Zurich, Manchester, Amsterdam, Chicago and Los Angeles, effective later on January 7, with inaugural arrivals beginning on January 8.
Powerplant: 2x General Electric GEnx-1B
KPHL (Philadelphia International Airport, PA)
Runway 9R Arrival
January 7, 2019
President Donald J. Trump was in attendance of the 2018 Army-Navy Football Game, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This marks the first time in Trump's presidency that he attended the Army-Navy game, and his third time visiting Philadelphia International Airport. With a heavy turnout of aviation enthusiasts on hand, Trump's 1990 Boeing VC-25A, a modified Boeing 747-200B banked onto the approach path for Philadelphia's Runway 27R. The shutters of about twenty-five cameras filled the air, blending in with the sounds of the four General Electric CF6 engines.
Aircraft Type: Boeing VC-25A (modified Boeing 747-200B)
Operator: United States Air Force (Presidential Air Support Wing)
Callsign: Air Force One (routing KADW-KPHL)
Location: Philadelphia International Airport (KPHL), Philadelphia, PA, USA (Runway 27R arrival)
Date: December 8, 2018
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