We had given up hope on a US based airline ever installing a true premium economy product. The responses we’d heard from around the triangle of legacy carriers sounded like candied versions of “no, never!”. But that was just our interpretation.They never really told us “no” or “never”… ever.
So here it is, just before Christmas 2015 and our Twitter feed goes nuts with pictures of what turns out to be American Airlines Premium Economy Seats. WHAT?! Yep, it’s happening. American plans to offer the new roomy seats starting with the rollout of their shiny new Boeing 787-900 late in 2016. So, really it’s like getting a picture of NEXT year’s Christmas gift. The rollout for the rest of American’s international fleet is spelled out in their press release:
“American will also add Premium Economy to all Boeing 777-300ERs, 777-200ERs, 787-8s and Airbus A330s over the next three years. The 777-300ER will feature First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy, Main Cabin Extra and Main Cabin seating options for customers. 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 seats.”
Here are the official seat + cabin features, courtesy AA:
- more legroom
- wider seats
- personal on-demand entertainment
- noise reducing headphones
- priority check-in and boarding
- checked baggage allowance
- amenity kits
- enhanced meal service
- spirits, beer and wine
If you’ve flown aboard one of many international carriers that already offer a Premium Economy product, you know it’s possibly on-(or near) par with domestic First Class. Here’s a video review we did of One World partner Cathay Pacific’s offering aboard a 777-300:
If the images of the American Airlines Premium Economy here arent enough, check out the official virtual tour of the soon-to-be American Airlines Premium Economy.