American Airlines to Refit 777s, 767s with New Business and Economy Classes

An American Airlines Boeing 737-800 taxis at Washington National Airport (DCA) with the Capitol Building in the background. (Photo by Taylor Michie / Racing Winds Media)

American Airlines today announced their plans to retrofit their entire Boeing 777-200ER fleet with fully-flat business class seats, international Wi-Fi, Main Cabin Extra, and updated in-flight entertainment in all classes. They will also retrofit part of their Boeing 767-300ER fleet with the updated business class seats and Main Cabin Extra. A summary of the changes is outlined below.

Boeing 777 – 200ER (entire fleet)

  • Two-class configuration, a change from the current three-class configuration. Updated planes will have American’s new Business Class, Main Cabin Extra, and Main Cabin seating.
  • Business features American’s new lie-flat business class seat, each with aisle access. 15.4-inch HD in-seat touchscreen monitor with additional remote handset. 110v AC power jacks and USB jacks.
  • Main Cabin Extra features seats with four to six inches more legroom than standard Main Cabin (Economy) class. Also includes AC power jack, USB jack, and 9-inch HD touchscreen monitor.
  • Main Cabin features AC power jack, USB jack, and 9-inch HD touchscreen monitor.
  • Entire plane has access to international Wi-Fi. The details of the service including cost and capability have not yet been released.

Boeing 767 – 300ER (50% of fleet)

  • Business features American’s new lie-flat business class seat, each with aisle access. Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets will continue to be used for in-flight entertainment.
  • Up to 14 Main Cabin Extra seats with four to six inches of additional legroom. No in-flight entertainment.
  • No change to current economy offerings on 767-300ER.
  • No international Wi-Fi.

The retrofit comes as American prepares for delivery of it’s first Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The 777-300ERs will feature American’s new First Class, Business Class, and Main Cabin products, as well as Main Cabin Extra and International Wi-Fi.

More information can be found at American Airlines.

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