American Airlines revamps widebody fleet

American Airlines revamps widebody fleet

American Airlines is planning an investment of several hundred million dollars to revamp of its international fleet of widebody aircraft.

Fully lie-flat business class seats, all with aisle access, will be installed on Boeing 777-200ERs and 767-300s.

American’s entire fleet of 777-200ERs will be redesigned to a two-class cabin configuration to “better match capacity and demand”.

The carrier, still operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, will also offer international Wi-Fi, in-seat entertainment and ‘Main Cabin Extra’ seating offering more legroom on its 777-200ERs.

The 777s will each have up to 45 new business class seats and a walk-up bar.

American intends to retrofit up to half of its existing 767-300ER aircraft with 28 lie flat business class seats.

The remaining aircraft that are not redesigned will be retired over time, the airline said.

The retrofitted 767-300ERs will also feature 14 Main Cabin Extra seats with four to six inches more legroom than a standard Main Cabin seat. The Main Cabin of the retrofitted 767-300ERs will have 167 seats.

The redesign is expected to begin in early 2014.

American is also due to take delivery of 10 777-300ERs from the end of the year into 2013. They will be configured as three-class aircraft and include fully lie-flat First and Business Class seats, Main Cabin Extra, and Wi-Fi capability.

Chief commercial officer Virasb Vahidi said: “This redesign will comprehensively improve our future international widebody experience through fully lie-flat all-aisle access seats, inflight entertainment and Wi-Fi, and will place our product among the industry leaders.

“This is something our people are excited to see as we work toward a new and modern American Airlines.

“Our decision to invest in our international widebody aircraft demonstrates significant forward progress, consistent with our plan, and paints a picture of the future for our customers and people.”

He added: “American will be among the first in the industry to offer the combination of fully lie-flat seats with all-aisle access, international Wi-Fi, and top-of-the-line in-seat entertainment.”


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