American launches a new International Premium Economy seating option

American Airlines Airbus A330-323 N272AY (msn 333) LHR (SPA). Image: 930259.

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) today made this announcement:

American Airlines will offer customers even more choice by introducing Premium Economy on its international widebody fleet. Premium Economy will be available in late 2016, and will offer a new class of service directly behind Business Class, providing an enhanced product offering compared to the Main Cabin. This product will offer a new type of seat with benefits that include:

  • more legroom
  • wider seats
  • personal on-demand
    entertainment
  • noise reducing headphones
  • priority check-in and boarding
  • checked baggage allowance
  • amenity kits
  • enhanced meal service
  • spirits, beer and wine

New Planes and Retrofit Plans

American’s first plane with Premium Economy seating will be its Boeing 787-9, which is expected to enter service in late 2016. The 787-9 will offer Business Class, three rows of Premium Economy in a 2-3-2 configuration, Main Cabin Extra, which offers customers up to 6 inches of additional leg room, and Main Cabin seats. Premium Economy will also be installed on the Airbus A350, which arrives in 2017.

American will also add Premium Economy to all Boeing 777-300 ERs, 777-200 ERs, 787-8s and Airbus A330s (above) over the next three years.

The 777-300 ER will feature First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy, Main Cabin Extra and Main Cabin seating options for customers. All other retrofitted aircraft will continue to offer all-aisle access, lie-flat seats in Business Class, as well as Main Cabin Extra and Main Cabin seats.

The Boeing 767-300s will not be retrofitted with Premium Economy as those aircraft are scheduled for retirement in the coming years.

Premium Comfort

American Airlines Premium Economy seats with bulkhead footrest extended. (PRNewsFoto/American Airlines)

American Airlines Premium Economy seats with bulkhead footrest extended. (PRNewsFoto/American Airlines)

Customers sitting in Premium Economy will enjoy a leather seat featuring 38 inches of pitch, personal on-demand entertainment systems, larger touchscreen monitors with access to movies, TV shows, music and games, and noise reducing headphones (see above).

On the ground, customers will be able to check up to two bags free of charge and board earlier with priority boarding. In the air they will enjoy an enhanced meal service, access to global Wi-Fi connectivity, hours of on-demand entertainment, as well as complimentary wine, beer and spirits.

Top Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-323 N272AY (msn 333) departs from London (Heathrow).

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