ContinentalEWR wrote:Cubsrule wrote:Antarius wrote:
They did put lay flats in the 763 later. They were the thompson vantage ones with the alternating 1-2-1 config.
However, there still was no IFE and the dispatch reliability was ghastly. The 767 was a great plane as evidenced by so many worldwide operators, but AA somehow managed to make them run like a pre bankrupcy GMC.
At risk of beating a dead horse, DL's 763s are lovely inside (in both J and Y) and their dispatch reliability isn't appreciably different from DL's other older widebodies. This is/was exclusively an AA issue.
Very true, to a point. Delta spent a great deal of money (and rightly so) in the late 2000s to overhaul all of its 767-300ER's nose to tail, and they have stood up very well. United essentially did the same with its smaller 767-300ER fleet. The Delta One seats though on the 767-300ER have not aged well and are a more than a little cramped and tight. United's fully Polaris'd 767-300ERs are really nice. American very much under-invested in its 767s for two decades. The plane was really the workhorse of the fleet from the early 1990s onward and was the only other long haul plane alongside the DC10-30s and MD11's and then later alongside the 777-200s. They flew everywhere in the system and had racked up high cycles. The economy cabins changed little since they were delivered other than seat coverings and cabin wall design. The only exception were 9 purchased after the TWA acquisition to replace the leased TWA 763s which, due to TW's poor credit rating, were leased at a premium and were also a hodge-podge of different aircraft. The 9 new 767s AA bought all had the 777 style cabin interior nose to tail (Boeing Signature for that time, as they were built and delivered in 2002-2003). I think one of those newer 763s was lost at ORD due to the fire that broke out as the plane was taxiing or taking off and that frame was written off. The pre-renovation AA 772's were also dingy inside, with bad lighting, dated cabins, and a very spartan feel but here, AA spent a lot for good reason and upgraded them nicely.
I never understood why AA didn't do what DL and UA did with their 763s