American Airlines unveiled its new Flagship Suite premium seating in Business Class and a “reimagined” aircraft interior for its long-haul fleet. The equipment will be placed on Airbus A321XLR and Boeing 787-9 aircraft, with deliveries beginning in 2024. Julie Rath, vice president of customer experience, said the arrival of the 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.” According to an announcement, American was the first US airline to debut long-haul Premium Economy seats in 2016, and in response to customer demand, the airline is adding even more Premium Economy seats to its long-haul aircraft. The new custom-designed Premium Economy seat creates more privacy and doubles the amount of in-seat storage space. With the introduction of new interiors on its long-haul aircraft, premium seating on American’s long-haul fleet will grow by more than 45% by 2026. The Boeing 787-9 aircraft will have 51 Flagship Suite seats and 32 Premium Economy seats, and the Airbus A321XLR aircraft will feature 20 Flagship Suite seats and 12 Premium Economy seats.
American will also be retrofitting its Boeing 777-300E aircraft to include Flagship Suite seats. These 20 aircraft will be refreshed with the new interiors starting in late 2024. The aircraft will feature more premium seats than its current design, with 70 Flagship Suite seats and 44 Premium Economy seats. American will also retrofit its Airbus A321T fleet to align those 16 aircraft with the rest of its A321 fleet. American will continue to offer lie-flat seats on its transcontinental routes departing New York and Boston along with its Northeast Alliance partner, JetBlue Airways.
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