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American Airlines is Updating Some 767s and Flying the First to Europe

March 10, 2014 at 7:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve had a thing for American Airlines over the last year, and rightfully so. The carrier gobbled up a competitor, scored a new paint job and branding, and ordered a bunch of new airplanes. They’re going for a fresh look and identity moving forward, and the latest plans to upgrade some less-than-new Boeing 767s just moves them further forward.

One could call the Boeing 767-300ER the workhorse of the carrier’s fleet, and they’re going to upgrade and improve the business class cabin and most of the other interior bits and pieces in about half of the them. It sounds like April 1 will be the day these updated planes hit the skies, as a nonstop flight between New York-JFK and Zurich will be the first route with the refreshed aircraft.

The planes will head into the hangar for this extended maintenance through 2015, so be on the lookout for more and more updated aircraft arriving to a route near you.

As for the goodies inside, most of the excitement is set to arrive up front in the premium cabin. Lie-flat seats will finally be available for those paying for premium tickets, and each of the seats will have direct aisle access. That means you’re free to overindulge on in-flight beverages, as you won’t need to climb over a fellow passenger to hit the lavatory.

The main cabin will get some attention as well, so don’t worry too much about being stuck in coach. New LCD monitors will drop down from the aisle ceiling, there will be some new updates to the audio, and updated bathrooms and seat covers will round out the improvements. All in all, American Airlines is shooting to get these old planes closer aligned with the fancy features of their new Boeing 777-300ERs.

As for the 767s that won’t be getting the upgrade—they’ll be retired—so if you’re in the market for a well-loved and well-used commercial airliner this is your chance.

[Photos: American Airlines]

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