American Airlines will introduce a new Premium Economy offering, available on its international wide-body fleet, beginning in late 2016. The new class of service will be available directly behind Business Class and will provide travelers with an enhanced product offering, including more space, personal on-demand entertainment, priority check-in and boarding, a checked bag allowance, amenity kits, noise reducing headphones, an enhanced meal service and more. Although not the first in the industry to offer an international Premium Economy offering, American has learned from its predecessors.
The airline’s first plane with the new cabin will be its Boeing 787-9, which will enter service in late 2016. The aircraft will offer a Business Class cabin, followed by three rows of Premium Economy in a 2-3-2 configuration, a Main Cabin Extra, and Main Cabin seats. American will also add Premium Economy to all Boeing 777-300ERs, 777-200ERs, 787-8s and Airbus A330s over the next three years. 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 seat; Boeing 767-300s will not be retrofitted, as they are scheduled for retirement in the near future.
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