American Airlines will shift its Sydney-Los Angeles flights to a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from November 8, 2017.
The advanced jet replaces the larger Boeing 777-300ER and will see first class dropped from the trans-Pacific route, although business travellers on a budget will appreciate the introduction of American Airlines' new premium economy seating on the Boeing 787.
The leather-clad 'better than economy' seats have 38 inches of pitch, compared to 33-34 inches for what American calls 'Main Cabin Extra' – which is a regular economy seat with extra legroom – and 30-31 inches for the standard economy cabin.
The Boeing 787's 21 premium economy seats are set in three rows of a 2-3-2 configuration, compared to 3-3-3 for standard economy seats...
... and are also wider (19 inches, against 17-18 inches in economy) and include expandable foot, leg and head rests.
Other creature comforts include a simple amenity kit, noise- reducing headphones and what American Airlines terms "enhanced meals" served with complimentary wine, beer, and spirits and "an enhanced pillow and blanket".
Up front in business class are 30 of American's latest fully lie-flat seats, which are based on the same design as those of local rival Virgin Australia – so you've got direct aisle access, plenty of personal space around the seat and when it's time to kip, a fully-flat bed.
The Dreamliner's first flight will be 8 November from Los Angeles, with a return leg from Sydney on 10 November.