Posted on: 08 July 2016 by Mark Howells
American Airlines has released details of its inaugural service with premium-economy seating on its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
The new international service, debuting between Dallas Forth Worth (US) and Spain’s Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport, will launch in November and will be available to select customers before it goes on sale in early 2017. The craft will also serve São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport in Brazil.The 787-9 features 30 fully lie-flat, all-aisle access business-class seats arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration. There are 21 premium-economy seats in a 2-3-2 configuration and 27 main cabin extra seats with up to 6 inches of additional leg room in a 3-3-3 configuration. There are also 207 main cabin seats arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration. Every seat offers a personal seatback entertainment system with touchscreen, power and USB ports. Wi-Fi provides global coverage for internet access and complimentary live television channels, nearly 300 movies including 48 new releases, TV shows and games. Business-class customers will also be offered Bose QuietComfort Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones.Customers sitting in premium economy will enjoy a leather seat featuring 38 inches of pitch with extendable foot, leg and head rests, personal on-demand entertainment systems and larger touchscreen monitors. When flying international, customers will receive noise reducing headphones and amenity kits.Additional advanced features on the Dreamliner include larger dimmable windows, improved cabin humidity and enhanced sound quality.“As the first US airline to introduce premium-economy seating on international flights, we continue to innovate new ways to meet our customers’ expectations with the products and service they value,” said Andrew Nocella, American’s chief marketing officer. “The 787-9 is going to be a fantastic addition to our widebody fleet, with international Wi-Fi and an in-flight experience that’s second to none. Our existing widebodies will offer premium economy as we retrofit our cabins and continue to elevate the entire travel experience with our US$3 billion investment.”