American Airlines has announced details of the interior selections for its fleet of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, including fully lie-flat First and Business Class seats, seating plans that will give the airline the opportunity to offer a premium product in the main cabin and Wi-Fi capability to keep customers connected while travelling internationally.
During its time of restructuring, today’s announcement demonstrates a continuation of the airline’s efforts to enhance its fleet and become more fuel efficient. American is scheduled to take delivery of 10 state-of-the-art Boeing 777-300ERs in 2012 through 2013, with London dedicated as a first market for this aircraft and more markets to be announced.
American’s daily New Delhi-Chicago O’Hare route is currently operated with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft and as the longest flight within the airline’s network could welcome the new long-haul airplanes soon. American is the first U.S. airline to order the 777-300ER and will be the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the 777-300ER.
“American Airlines continues to remain focused on providing a differentiated customer experience through various efforts, including the execution of our fleet renewal plan,” said Virasb Vahidi, American’s Chief Commercial Officer. “The addition of 777-300ER aircraft will further modernise 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 be welcomed into the aircraft by unique mood lighting. American will be the first carrier to use a dramatic archway and ceiling treatment on the 777-300 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 and adds another unique element of luxury to the 777-300. Entertainment options including up to 120 films, more than 150 TV programmes 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. Considered one of the most comfortable and popular First Class seats in the industry, the 777-300 will feature an updated and enhanced version of the customer-favourite Flagship Suite seat that 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 individually adjust any component of the seat for ultimate comfort. 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 programmes, 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 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 – as Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headsets will be offered in-flight. 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 easily 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 better distribute weight 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 in-flight entertainment. The Panasonic Eco Monitor is lighter weight and more energy efficient than most standard monitors.
American will also offer an Economy Class premium seat product, which will include additional legroom for seats in the forward portion of the cabin, allowing greater personal space and convenient access when boarding and deplaning.
The 777-300ERs will complement American’s fleet by offering additional network flexibility in the future and providing increased efficiency due to better seat mile economics and performance characteristics.