How Many American Airlines Boeing 787s Are Still Flying?

Similar to many other airlines around the globe, American Airlines has parked a number of its aircraft that are unneeded. However, just how many jets are parked, and where are they being stored? Simple Flying looked into the data so that you don’t have to!

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American Airlines has grounded several Boeing 787 aircraft. Photo: Getty

According to data from the popular aviation website FlightRadar24.com, American Airlines has 43 Boeing 787 aircraft. This is made up of 21 smaller -8s, alongside 22 of the larger -9s. According to the data, three more 787-8s have been built, but yet to be delivered to the carrier.

Over half not flying

Over half of the American Airlines Boeing 787 fleet is currently not flying. Only 18 of the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners remain operational. This comprises 13 of the 787-8, and five of the 787-9.

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Over half of the airline’s Boeing 787 fleet has been stored. Graph: Simple Flying | Data: FlightRadar24.com

As a result, 25 aircraft are grounded. Eight of the smaller Boeing 787-8 are currently not flying. 17 787-9s accompany these. The figures mean that more 787-8s are flying than grounded. Meanwhile, for the 787-9, more are grounded than flying. While the aircraft weren’t all grounded at once, quite a few were grounded in a short period.

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The remaining 787s are operating a few routes between them. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

When were the Dreamliners grounded?

Of course, the entirety of the 787s that American has grounded didn’t all stop flying at once. Only four aircraft took their last flights between the 8th and the 15th of March.

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A large number of aircraft were just after the 15th of March. Graph: Simple Flying | Data: FlightRadar24.com

The next week, from the 15th to the 22nd, saw the highest pace of groundings with the remaining active fleet dropping to 23. During the four days following the 15th of March, 14 aircraft took their last flight before storage. That equates to a daily rate of 3.5 aircraft for this time. From the 23rd of March onwards, far fewer aircraft took their last flight before storage each day.

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American Airlines operates two variants of the Dreamliner. Photo: Boeing

So, where are the 787s being stored?

Up to this point, perhaps this article has left you wondering where the aircraft have been sent to storage? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t as exciting as some other airlines such as Norwegian’s fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft. However, let’s take a look.

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The grounded fleet is spread across three locations. Graph: Simple Flying | Data: FlightRadar24.com

The entirety of the eight grounded Boeing 787-8 aircraft are being stored at Tulsa (TUL) in Oklahoma. These aircraft are accompanied by 13 of the bigger 787-9. However, some 787-9s are also being stored elsewhere for the time being. N822AN last operated a passenger service on the 31st of March. It is now resting its wings at Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Texas. Additionally, three further 787-9s are in San Antonio (SAT), Texas.

When was the last time that you flew on an American Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner? Let us know your story in the comments below!

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