American Airlines today took the next step in its fleet modernization plan – ensuring its customers are flying onboard one of the most modern fleets in the industry. Today's progress includes the redesign and refresh of the airline's international widebody aircraft – a demonstration of the forward movement of the company's business plan, which includes the investment of several hundred million dollars per year in enhancements to the customer experience. As part of this redesign, American's entire fleet of 777-200ERs will have fully lie-flat Business Class seats with aisle access for every seat, international Wi-Fi, in-seat entertainment throughout all cabins, and Main Cabin Extra seating offering more legroom. The 767-300ERs will have fully lie-flat Business Class seats with aisle access for every seat, and Main Cabin Extra seating. The redesign is slated to begin in early 2014.
Boeing 777-200ER Highlights:
- American's entire fleet of 777-200ERs will be redesigned to a two-class cabin configuration to better match capacity and demand.
- Up to 45 new fully lie-flat Business Class seats will be industry leading and will provide customers among the largest living space of any 777 Business Class seat offered by U.S. airlines.
- Direct aisle access at each Business Class seat allows customers to easily move about the cabin without impacting other customers.
- In-seat entertainment with more than 700 hours of on-demand audio and video entertainment includes up to 120 movies, 180 television programs, 350 audio selections and 30 games and will be available on a 15.4-inch HD-capable touchscreen monitor positioned in each Business Class suite.
- Every seat will feature individual 110 volt AC power outlets and USB jacks for charging personal electronic devices.
- Throughout the Main Cabin new seats will provide increased knee room and improve overall customer comfort.
- American's retrofit will include the installation of up to 45 Main Cabin Extra seats and up to 170 Main Cabin seats.
- The Main Cabin Extra seats, located in the forward portion of the Main Cabin, will offer four to six inches more legroom than the standard Main Cabin seat.
- Every Main Cabin seat will have universal AC power outlets, USB jacks and HD-capable touchscreen monitor loaded with up to 120 movies, 180 TV programs, 350 audio selections and 30 games. Once redesigned with the new Inflight Entertainment, the 777-200ERs will have more than nine times the number of entertainment options that are currently available in the Main Cabin on today's 777-200ER.
Boeing 767-300ER Highlights:
- American intends to retrofit up to half of its existing 767-300ER aircraft. Those that are redesigned will operate with the new configuration with fully lie-flat Business Class Seats and all-aisle access. The remaining 767-300ERs will be retired over time.
- Customers will enjoy an enhanced onboard experience with the installation of up to 28 fully lie-flat Business Class seats, each with aisle access.
- The Business Class seats will offer individual tray tables with a work surface, and universal AC power outlets. Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 devices will continue to be available for customers seated in Business Class, offering access to a wide variety of movies, television programs and audio selections.
- The retrofitted 767-300ERs will also feature 14 Main Cabin Extra seats with four to six inches more leg room than a standard Main Cabin seat. The Main Cabin of the retrofitted 767-300ERs will have 167 seats.
As part of its international widebody strategy, American anticipates taking delivery of 10 Boeing 777-300ERs beginning at the end of 2012 through 2013. The 777-300ERs will be configured as three-class aircraft and include fully lie-flat First and Business Class seats, Main Cabin Extra, and Wi-Fi capability to keep customers connected while traveling internationally.