American Airlines will install fully lie-flat First Class and Business Class seats in its new fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs, as well as premium-economy seating and Wi-Fi capability to keep customers connected while traveling internationally.
The airline is scheduled to take delivery of 10 Boeing 777-300ERs in 2012 and 2013 and has identified London as a first market for the new aircraft type. American Airlines says it will announce additional markets for its 777-300ERs in due course.
Dallas/Fort Worth-based American is the first U.S. carrier to order the Boeing 777-300ER and will be the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the type.
“American Airlines continues to remain focused on providing a differentiated customer experience through various efforts, including the execution of our fleet renewal plan,” says Virasb Vahidi, American’s chief commercial officer. “The addition of 777-300ER aircraft will further modernize our fleet through the integration of unique customer comforts, which are designed to create more inviting interiors and enhance the travel experience.”
Arranged in a three-class cabin configuration, the new 777-300ER will provide the airline with more passenger and cargo capacity than any other aircraft in its fleet today. Customers will find unique mood lighting when they enter the aircraft. American says it will be the first carrier to use a dramatic archway and ceiling treatment on the 777-300ER to create a feeling of spaciousness.
A walk-up bar stocked with snacks and refreshments in the premium cabin will be a first for any U.S. airline, according to American.
Entertainment options including up to 120 movies, more than 150 TV programs and more than 350 audio selections will be offered throughout the aircraft. Also, every seat will feature individual 110 volt AC power outlets and USB jacks for charging personal electronic devices.
The First Class cabin will offer new Flagship Suite seats. American’s 777-300ERs will feature an updated and enhanced version of the Flagship Suite seat, which transforms into a fully lie-flat six-foot eight-inch bed with drop-down armrests that allow for easier access and more sleeping space. Each suite provides aisle access and allows customers to adjust any component of the seat individually.
All suites will feature privacy dividers, two universal AC power outlets, one USB outlet, two large tray tables, a swivel seat and a host of other comforts, including Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headsets, designed to enhance the travel experience.
A 17-inch touchscreen monitor will offer an array of entertainment and a touchscreen video handset will serve as a remote that allows customers to easily select programming without touching the monitor and watch additional video programs, such as the moving map, while viewing the 17-inch monitor. The First Class cabin will use updated interior trim and finishes to achieve a comfortable, modern feel throughout the cabin.
The 777-300ER’s Business Class cabin will also be outfitted with fully lie-flat seats, all with aisle access. The fully lie-flat seat has three motors that offer extensive flexibility and comfort. Customers can individually adjust any component of the seat, including the seat back, head rest, and leg rest. The seats feature a large tray table in addition to a work surface.
Each seat offers a water bottle holder and headset stowage, with Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headsets being offered inflight. Seat controls boast a more intuitive design for optimum customer comfort and simplicity. Entertainment will be available on a 15.4-inch touchscreen monitor positioned in each Business Class suite and a touchscreen premium handset will serve as a remote that will allow customers to select programming without touching the monitor.
Seats throughout Economy Class will have a higher recline pivot, providing increased knee room. The seat bottom will articulate, producing an innovative cradling motion to distribute weight better while increasing the recline angle of the seatback, resulting in improved overall customer comfort while protecting the personal space for customers in the following row.
Each Economy Class seat holds a 9-inch touchscreen Panasonic Eco Monitor, specially designed for the main cabin for inflight entertainment. The Panasonic Eco Monitor is lighter-weight and more energy-efficient than most standard monitors.