American to introduce Premium Economy on international fleet

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.

American Airlines’ Premium Economy cabin. PC: American Airlines

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.

AA’s International Premium Economy Cabin PC: American Airlines

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.

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