American Airlines has announced a new “Private Premium Experience,” designed by TEAGUE, coming to its long-haul aircraft in 2024, including new Flagship Suite® seats.
- Flagship Suite® seats, featuring privacy doors, will be included on all Airbus A321XLR and Boeing 787-9 deliveries beginning in 2024.
- American will refresh its Boeing 777-300ER fleet with a new luxurious interior, elevating the inflight customer experience on long-haul international routes.
- Premium seating in American’s long-haul fleet will grow more than 45 percent by 2026.
- From thoughtfully redesigned lounges to the stylish aircraft interior and enhanced inflight service, customers will have a true premium experience with American.
American Airlines is giving customers a suite new ride. With new deliveries of its Airbus A321XLR and Boeing 787-9 aircraft, beginning in 2024, the airline will unveil new Flagship Suite® premium seating and a reimagined aircraft interior for its long-haul fleet. Flagship Suite® seats will offer customers a private premium experience with a privacy door, a chaise lounge seating option and more personal storage space. Customers will enjoy tailored luxury in their private retreat in the sky in American’s premium cabin.
“We are enhancing the customer experience across their entire journey with American,” American’s Vice President of Customer Experience Julie Rath said. “The arrival of new long-haul aircraft and the customized seat design of the Flagship Suite® seats will offer customers a truly private premium experience on our long-haul fleet.”
American’s choice of natural tones, including charcoals, light grays, subtle blues, browns, soft golds, and platinum, creates a sense of calm and a feeling of being at home.
The Premium Economy Cabin
American was the first U.S. airline to debut long-haul Premium Economy seats in 2016, and in response to customer demand, the airline is adding even more Premium Economy seats to its long-haul aircraft. The new custom-designed Premium Economy seat creates more privacy and doubles the amount of in-seat storage space.
With the introduction of new interiors on its long-haul aircraft, premium seating on American’s long-haul fleet will grow more than 45 percent by 2026. American’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft will have 51 Flagship Suite® seats and 32 Premium Economy seats, and the airline’s Airbus A321XLR aircraft will feature 20 Flagship Suite® seats and 12 Premium Economy seats.
The Premium Economy cabin on the Boeing 787-9 is arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration. On the long-haul narrowbody Airbus A321XLR this cabin is arranged in a 2-2 configuration. In the renderings, we get a peek of Economy class, which will feature an elegant blue and brown color scheme, with the brown appearing on the leather (or ultraleather) headrest.
American’s choice to add more premium economy seats fits market demand while boosting profitability. It’s no surprise that any airline invests more in this cabin space. What is refreshing in this announcement is to see American Airlines also increase the space for its Flagship Suite cabin. This is a notable vote of confidence in future demand for premium seating, something that has been in question post-pandemic. I believe they’re making the right bet, particularly because privacy onboard appeals, and many can afford it.
Members of American’s award-winning AAdvantage® loyalty program can earn miles through everyday activities such as shopping and dining that they can use for award tickets to experience American’s new Flagship Suite® seats when it debuts in 2024.
Refreshing from the ground up
American will also be retrofitting its aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER, to include Flagship Suite® seats. These 20 aircraft will be refreshed with the new interiors starting in late 2024. American’s aircraft will feature more premium seats than its current design, with 70 Flagship Suite® seats and 44 Premium Economy seats.
American will also retrofit its Airbus A321T fleet to align those 16 aircraft with the rest of its A321 fleet. American will continue to offer lie-flat seats on its transcontinental routes departing New York and Boston along with its Northeast Alliance partner, JetBlue Airways, providing travelers with a premium experience and the opportunity to arrive refreshed after a cross-country flight.
Premium customers will notice American’s signature style starts with the beginning of their journey at the airline’s dreamily redesigned Admirals Club® lounges, with the first of these refreshed lounges opening at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) this fall. Branded elements with sustainable wood designs will be carried from the lounges to American’s redesigned long-haul aircraft.
Upon entering American’s redesigned aircraft, created by design powerhouse Teague, customers will be greeted with an illuminated American Flight Symbol and thin red accent lines, affirming their flagship experience. In the Flagship Suite® seats, customers will be surrounded with comfort and expansive surface and storage areas they can utilize to fit their personal needs, whether it’s to nosh on delectable fare, enjoy entertainment or relax throughout the flight.
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