Posted on: 09 December 2015 by Ross McSweeny
From late 2016, American Airlines will launch a new Premium Economy class on its international wide-body fleet.
The benefits of Premium Economy will include a 38” seat pitch, personal on-demand entertainment systems with larger touchscreen monitors offering access to movies, TV shows, music and games, and noise reducing headphones. Premium Economy passengers will also have access to in-flight Wi-Fi.Other perks include priority check-in and boarding, checked baggage allowance, amenity kits, an enhanced meal service and complimentary spirits, beer and wine.
“Travellers want more choice when they fly and have unique preferences depending on each trip. Our customers tell us they want a class of service between Business Class and Main Cabin, and this feedback provided the genesis for our new Premium Economy service,” stated Andrew Nocella, American’s chief marketing officer. “Premium Economy is offered today by many premier carriers around the world. We studied those offerings and developed a world-class product. As the world’s largest carrier, we are excited to introduce this product for our customers.”
American’s first plane with Premium Economy seating will be a Boeing 787-9, which is expected to enter service in late 2016. The new cabin class will also be installed on the Airbus A350, which arrives in 2017.
The carrier will also retrofit Premium Economy to all Boeing 777-300ERs, 777-200ERs, 787-8s and Airbus A330s over the next three years, but Boeing 767-300s will not be upgraded since they are scheduled for retirement in the coming years.