) -- Among the routes where
could fly its Boeing 787s, tentatively scheduled to begin arriving in 2014, is New York-London, CEO Gerard Arpey said.
In an interview, Arpey said that in general, "The plan is (to) retire 767s" when the 787s begin to arrive, as well as to grow internationally. The 767s fly trans-Atlantic, trans-continental and Latin American routes. Flying the 787 between New York Kennedy and London Heathrow airports is a possibility because the route is among the carrier's most important, he indicated, especially given recent regulatory approval of a trans-Atlantic joint venture between American,
American's fleet includes 73 767s. Its 58 767-300s average 16 years in age, while its 15 767-200s average 23 years in age. American also has 47 777s, averaging 9.5 years in age; some fly trans-Pacific routes.
American has orders for 42 787s, depending on its ability to agree to contract terms for pilots to fly the aircraft, as well as options for 58 more.
, which will be the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the 787, has said the first two aircraft will operate on routes from Houston to Auckland, New Zealand and Lagos, starting in 2011.
-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.