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American gets new plane, will sport new look

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- American Airlines took delivery of a new Boeing long-range jet and plans to give it a new paint job that will differ from the familiar polished-aluminum look of the carrier's other planes.

The airline said Tuesday that the Boeing 777-300ER will go into service Jan. 31 between Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Before then, it will get a paint job.

American Airlines spokesman Mike Trevino declined to hint at the new livery, which might not seem like a big deal to most travelers but is the stuff of eager speculation among aviation geeks.

American is the first U.S. airline to get one of the new 777s, which are designed for international routes — the "ER" at the end of the name stands for extended range.

The plane will be configured for three classes, with lie-flat seats in first-class and business but not the economy section of the cabin. Premium customers will be able to use a walk-up bar to get snacks and drinks.

After its introduction on the DFW-Brazil route, American plans to use the 777-300ER between London's Heathrow Airport and both DFW and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

American and parent AMR Corp. have been under bankruptcy protection since November 2011 but are pressing ahead with plans for several hundred new planes for better fuel efficiency and passenger comfort.