AA Tweets Photo: Help Identify The Plane....

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  1. DestinationDavid
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    Most likely a waste of a thread, but.... I'm bored and curious and not very good at airplane identification.

    AA's twitter stream just sent out a link to a photo of an AA plane in a hangar saying, "Guess what? Our fleet's growing, and here's a sneak peak! Check in next Monday for more."

    Here's the link. Can anyone tell what type of plane they're working on? Either way, it's always fun to see some behind the scenes activity.
     
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    I thought that based on the wing shape, but it's hard to tell. What leads you down that path?

    I can tell you all about AA's routes, service, and mileage program. I can't identify a plane to save my life though. Teach me! ;)
     
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    The winglet gave it away. In addition, AA only has two planes that are in build: the 738 and the 789. This is too long for a 738.
     
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    Got it. Safe to say there's a AA 787 news story coming on Monday then? Or maybe just another pic... haha.
     
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    Hopefully! ZA003 is being handed over to NH soon,AI's got theirs coming as well.
     
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    on second thought, this may be a 37 since the 87 winglets do not appear to be as upswept as the 37...

    [​IMG]
     
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    I'm not really sure... doing some investigation shows that even though the EXIF data was removed, someone neglected to toss the IPTC tags.

    They show the picture was taken April 8th, apparently by Jim Anderson (Boeing Photographer).

    Code:
    20110407; American Airlines; YR701; 3634; BSI; FD 7; Bin Install; 
    When you follow the crumbs, you see that Anderson was taking some pictures in Renton at the beginning of May. This was the Boeing P8-A, which is the Navy version of the 738.

    [​IMG]

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/zoom/html/2004401376.html
     
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    This is a bit of a *yawn* teaser from AA then. :(

    On the upside it's motivated me to work on my aircraft identification skills.....
     
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    Now that I think about it, yeah, the 738's winglet is much more vertical than the 789's upswept wings.
    Hah. I am proven wrong :(
     
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    Should have known you'd geek this one for us.

    Seriously, thanks. I figured 777300. but 789 is even better.
     
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    Not fun.

    I guess this is the new cabin 738?
     
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    Thanks though for the link to a better thread.
     
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    AA's 77W is not in build for sure.
     
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    The thread featuring AA's CFO's comments in Boston yesterday detailed that new interiors would be unveiled in Dallas next week.....
     
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    Well this is all less than thrilling.

    Oh well. I'll take it I guess. But its not something to wait all weekend for like a 789 would be.
     
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    yeah it's a 738/9, since that's the only plane with a winglet whose production line isn't closed that AA has orders for. 77W,787 both use raked wingtips.
     
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    It is absolutely a 738.
     
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    763... The curve winglets just gave it up!!! 757 are straight winglets!!! And it's too big to be a 738!!!
     
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    If you follow the thread over on Flyertalk linked to here with some very experienced planespotters, you can see that it's a 738. They've even figured out exactly WHICH 738 it is. ;)
     

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