Inside AA's New 737-800

Monday, Apr 13, 2009  |  Updated 8:45 PM CDT
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Inside AA's New 737-800

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The new aircraft will be based at O'Hare, with American taking delivery of 76 of them. Each one carries at $70 million price tag.

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American Airlines is rolling out a new fleet that will take to the skies in a quieter and cheaper fashion.

The new 737-800 aircraft will lead to the eventual retirement of the venerable and aging MD-80. They're quieter, about 35 percent cheaper to fly and have a reduced carbon footprint due to better fuel consumption at cruising altitude.

And with 27,000 pounds of thrust, they'll get away from the ground faster, making air travel quiet for the communities below.

Inside, the 737-800 features seating for 160 passengers, AC outlets and oversized overhead bins. Outside, the same familiar American Airlines silver fuselage has an added benefit. Because hundreds of pounds of paint aren't used, the plane is lighter, and the saves hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel.

In the cockpit, the new aircraft features what Boeing says is the most modern cockpit in its fleet, including a heads-up display which allows the captain to keep looking forward without looking at his instruments, something especially handy when trying to land in low visibility.

The new aircraft will be based at O'Hare, with American taking delivery of 76 of them. Each one carries at $70 million price tag.

The carrier's 280 MD-80s will be phased out over the next 10 years.

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