American threw a party at Gate D- 23 last night to celebrate the maiden passenger flight of their new Boeing 777-300ER. Customers traveling on AA 963 from DFW to Sao Paulo, Brazil were served refreshments and given gift bags to commemorate the special flight.
American’s CEO, Tom Horton, and Chief Commercial Officer, Virasb Vahidi were also traveling on the flight, and before boarding began they offered a few words to mark the occasion. Afterwards, they visited with passengers and employees, and posed for photos.
It was a really festive atmosphere. When boarding began the whole crowd started clapping and cheering when a husband and wife couple became the new airplane’s first official passengers by boarding the plane.
Virasb Vahidi and Tom Horton visiting with American Airlines passengers
Chris Sloan, producer of the Travel Channel’s Airport 24/7 Miami and the man behind The Airchive, has some excellent photos from the flight, including some of Tom Horton serving champagne to passengers.
Edit: Thanks to Eloy for sending this photo of the gift basket items!