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American Announces New Aircraft Routes, Cabin Upgrades

American Airlines on Wednesday announced routes for its new Boeing 777-300ER. The aircraft will feature cabin-space upgrades, including an all-new business class, and is part of American's larger strategy to refresh its international travel experience.

American Airlines business class seats
Source: American Airlines
American Airlines business class seats

American anticipates taking delivery of 10 Boeing 777-300ERs beginning in December this year, and will operate them initially between Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Early in 2013, the airline will expand service with the aircraft from both Dallas and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to London Heathrow.

The new business class cabin is the most exciting enhancement. It will feature fully lie-flat seating (as opposed to the angled lie-flat seats currently offered) and each seat will have direct aisle access.

Other cabin enhancements on the new Boeing 777-300ERs feature include:

  • Specially designed economy seating offering more knee room and comfort.
  • International Wi-Fi capability.
  • Universal AC power outlets and USB jacks at every seat.
  • Up to 120 movies, more than 150 TV programs and 350 audio selections.
  • Unique mood lighting, dramatic archway and ceiling treatment to create a spacious feeling.
  • A walk-up bar stocked with snacks and refreshments for first and business class passengers.
American Airlines premium cabin bar
Source: American Airlines
American Airlines premium cabin bar

Wednesday's announcement is part of American's strategy to upgrade its international experience. Earlier this month, American unveiled its redesign plan for the majority of its international widebody fleet. Their Boeing 777-200ER aircraft will receive the same all-new, lie-flat business class seats and a walk-up bar stocked with snacks and refreshments.

The Boeing 777-200ER aircraft will also feature more legroom in the economy cabin, dubbed "Main Cabin Extra." It offers four to six inches more legroom than a standard economy seat.

Up to half of American's existing Boeing 767-300ER aircraft will also be redesigned to include the new business class, as well as Main Cabin Extra seating. The refresh of this aircraft is expected to begin in early 2014.

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