American Airlines unveils new business class offerings

Nathan Coats from Seattle, WA, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Nathan Coats from Seattle, WA, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Passengers booked on premium and business class seats on American Airlines from 2024 and onwards will experience its latest products. 

Times Are Changing

American Airlines, synonymous with awkward seats and sub-par service is now getting a major facelift, at least in the premium classes. Its flagship suite in business class and the new premium economy class will finally debt in 2 years (2024) on its upcoming Airbus A312XLR and the newer batches of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner deliveries.

Moreover, the Oneworld carrier will also refurbish its much-needed 20 existing Boeing 777-300ER aircraft starting in late 2024, on its Flagship Suite (Business Class) and the new premium economy class seats.

This means that its eight-seat first-class stools are being phased out indefinitely. This begins the new era of American Airlines, as it should be catching up with rival Delta Airlines and United Airlines, as they have been making significant progress for years. 

Julie Rath, American Airlines vice president of customer experience stated:  “The arrival of new long-haul aircraft and the customized seat design of the Flagship Suite seats will offer customers a truly private premium experience on our long-haul fleet.”

American Airlines also stated that its premium classes on its long-haul birds will grow significantly by 45% by 2025. The airline’s new Boeing 787-9 configuration will be equipped with 51 Flagship Suites business class seats and 32 premium economy class seats.

To put this into context, the old configuration features 30 business class seats and 21 premium economy class sets. The Oneworld carrier has 25 of these aircraft on order. 

For its narrowbody fleet, the upcoming 50 Airbus A321XLR aircraft that will be joining American’s fleet feature 20 Flagship Suites and 12 premium economy seats. This will certainly game-change air travel in the trans- USA market. 

For its flagship, the Boeing 777-300ERs will feature an astonishing 70 Suites and 44 premium economy class seats. This translates to the current set-up of 8 Flagship first, 52 business-class seats and 28 premium economy-class seats.

Same American, New Look

The flagship suites will now feature a sliding door, like many upcoming airlines. Within the ‘cocoon’, a chaise lounge seating option is embraced with more personal storage space with existing American business class products. Moreover, adjustable partitions will passengers to join suites to dine together, perfect for couple travellers. 

The airline also stated that the new premium economy class sets will provide customers with twice as many storage spaces as any other Northern American airline offers in its premium economy classes.

The Oneworld airline claims that they have larger personal TV screens as well as an ultra-practical arm extension headrests mechanism for additional personal space and privacy.  

American Airlines also announced recently, that it will refurbish its A321 aircraft interiors that it flies for the lucrative transcontinental flights or the A321T. The A321T, which is a premium heavy configuration features 10 Flagship First class sets, and 20 Flagship Business Class seats.

The carrier said that these planes will be refurbished to go in sync with the configuration of its existing A321 workhorse, with a generic first class cabin. 

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