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American Airlines Shows Off Upcoming New Seats Via Instagram

January 30, 2012 at 8:45 AM | by | ()

Last week we told you about the slurry of airlines using this year to refresh their aircraft cabins and service. Not a few days later, American Airlines dropped some major news as well, and they supplemented it with Instagram shots of the goods.

AA will take delivery of their first Boeing 777-300ER late this year and, from photos posted on Instagram last week, the big birds will look pretty flash on the inside. Since the airline is the first US carrier to take delivery of the shiny, new aircraft type, the introduction will surely be huge.

FIRST CLASS: For those of you who can afford to get a fancy schmancy seat up front, the signature Flagship Suite is spruced up with fresh colors and better amenities. It's fully lie-flat, giving passengers plenty of room for stretching out during the long-haul, with the option for turndown service (launched early last year). The seat boasts a 17-inch touch screen monitor to while away the hours of a long flight. With an iPod docking station and cozy wood-grain surrounds, you may actually wish for a slight tarmac delay.

BUSINESS CLASS: The business class cabin is probably the most major upgrade of the all. We are happy to report, AA has eliminated the middle-seat despair for business class passengers. With a 1-2-1 seating configuration, all passengers have aisle access. *Collective sigh of relief.* The seats have massage settings, a touchscreen TV just shy of 16 inches, and plenty of storage space. Now, we aren't complaining, but they do resemble Cathay Pacific's new business product. Good thing they are Oneworld alliance friends.

For premium cabins, the airline is offering a walk-up self-service snack bar for when you feel thirsty or a bit peckish. The in-flight refreshment bar will be under a very dramatic, sweeping archway, all part of the design of the new aircraft.

ECONOMY: More exciting news comes from the main economy cabin. AA has outfitted it with slimmer seats so you can stretch your legs a bit easier. Furthermore, each new economy seat has powerports and seatback in-flight entertainment. From the photos, it looks like AA is going towards a red color-pop on the headrest slipcover. One word: YAY!

American has also kept their options open and may be bringing back a premium economy-type seat. For those of you that remember their "More Legroom" seating, keep your fingers crossed.

The entire cabin will have access to in-flight WiFi for all to browse, tweet or catch up on work emails before landing. No pricing has been announced or whether it will be complimentary for premium cabins.

When we told you last week about AA's routes, this is the plane we spoke about. While Sao Paulo is the first market to see the upgraded service, we can only imagine where these planes will fly next.

[Photo: AA on Instagram]

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