After weeks of speculation, today American Airlines finally announced they will be introducing a Premium Economy cabin on it’s international fleet of wide body aircraft. Hurrah!
For a U.S. carrier, this is a historic first and hopefully it’s rivals such as Delta and United will follow suit.
Set to debut on the airlines’ 787-9 Dreamliner’s in late 2016, passengers flying in the 2-3-2 configuration cabin will experience leather seating with a 38 inch seat-pitch, a personal on-demand entertainment system with touchscreen capability, noise-reducing headphones, an enhanced culinary offering, amenity kit and complimentary beers, wines and spirits.
The offerings sound just what we have come to expect from a Premium Economy cabin; along with the added perks of an additional checked bag and priority boarding. American currently offer a Main Cabin Extra product, where you basically pay extra for more legroom in a desirable location within the Economy cabin. I believe that this product will also remain; which is great.
Following the launch on the 787-9 Dreamliner, American will endeavour to retrofit the Premium Economy cabin to the rest of it’s international wide body fleet over the next three years. If you’re going to be flying on an international 767, then I’m afraid these aircraft will not be introducing Premium Economy. This makes sense seeing as these are due to retire within a few years time.
So what do you think of this announcement from American Airlines? I personally think this is great news and it offers yet another choice for passengers flying long-haul. With the “new American” featuring international wi-fi, on-demand entertainment and upgraded cuisine, this is certainly another step in the right direction.
For more information, do check out aa.com/premiumeconomy and leave your comments below!