Reward Flying is a big fan of American Airlines, not only their aircraft but their reward program as well. If you take a reward trip, chances are an American flight is in the mix. They have a wide range of products and are currently upgrading their premium products.
American Airlines Premium Class
Airbus A330-200/300: 2-class
American has 24 Airbus 330 aircraft inherited from US Airways acquisition. Fifteen are 200 series with 20 business class and 238 economy seats. The other 9 are 300 series and have 28 business and 263 economy seats. The business class seat is called an open suite. When introduced it was the first reverse herringbone layout which has become consensually the preferred cabin arrangement.
Boeing 767-300 Retrofit
All 767-300s are being converted to 3-class; business, premium economy and economy. The old 767 business class layout was 2x2x2 yielding 30 seats and 195 economy seats. The new 767 retrofit layout uses Thompson Vantage seats in a 1x2x1 staggered layout with 28 business class seats, 14 premium and 163 economy seats. In early 2016 about 30 of the 42 767's have been converted. Notice the lack of monitors on the seatbacks. There is no AVOD system installed on these aircraft. A personal tablet is provided for entertainment. For more information on the 767 Retrofit.
Boeing 777-200 Retrofit
The 777-200 series are being converted to 3-class; business premium economy and economy. American has 47 triple seven 200 series with the oldest going back to a delivery date of January 1999. The current configuration is 16 first class, 35 business and 194 economy seats. The retrofit will eliminate first class and move to a 45 business class, 45 premium economy and 170 economy cabin. To date, early 2016, only a handful of these jets have been configured with future work halted due to an issue with business class seat delivery from Zodiac. The Concept D seats being in these aircraft are the same as installed in the 787-8 series. Learn more about the 777 retrofit.
The new seat American Airlines has chosen for the remaining retrofit 777-200 aircraft is the Super Diamond made by B/E Aerospace. This is the same seat as installed on their 787-9 deliveries.
So how do you tell? The Concept D (inferior) seats on the seat map will show some that face backwards as well as economy is 9 across with 3 in the middle. Super Diamond configurations all face forward and economy is 10 across, with 4 in the middle.
The newest 777-300ER in the fleet maintain a 4-class configuration. When the 200 retrofit is completed this will be the only international plane with first class. The 777-300ER fleet consists of 20 planes, with all but one delivered to date. First class has 8 seats in each aircraft.
The balance of seats are; 52 business, 30 premium and 220 economy in the 4-class configuration. Business Class on the 777-300 features forward facing Zodiac Cirrus seats made popular by Cathay Pacific. These seats have always gotten great reviews.
American has ordered 42 787 aircraft with less than half of them delivered in early 2016. Deliveries could be impacted based on the seat situation as well. For some reason American decided to use the very unpopular reverse seating in its 787 business cabin. A number of airlines, British Airways and United most prominently, have chosen this configuration and it's widely panned. Who wants to stare at the person across the aisle for 10 hours anyway? You wonder if they even listen to their customers. At least it's a version of the Zodiac Cirrus seat which is comfortable. Reward Flying reviews this plane later in 2017. Stay tuned.
American Airlines has decided on the new business class seat for their 787-9 and remaining 777-200 retrofit aircraft. The seat selected is the popular B/E Aerospace Super Diamond product that is used by Air Canada, Qatar and Virgin Australia. This is a fantastic business class seat.
American has ordered 22 A350's with the first delivery currently scheduled for 2017. However in 2016 American has delayed deliver of the first A350 until 2019.
American Airlines has a nice feature that allows you to select your meal within 30 days of your departure.
American Airlines Aircraft and Business Class Seat Specifications
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