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Why American Airlines' Big 777 Announcement is Awesome for All Passengers

April 8, 2014 at 12:17 PM | by | ()

This week in Hamburg, Germany, airlines and media are happily schmoozing during the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo, and you know what happens when airline executives mix with international journalists? Hands are shaked, cocktails are quaffed, and big announcements are made.

American Airlines was nearly first out of the gate with a doozy of a news drop, that they'll be retrofitting their entire 777 fleet to new Business Class and Main Cabin seats. Previously, only AA's brand new Boeing 777-300ERs and Airbus A321Ts boasted these best seats in the fleet, but this news means the bulk of AA's international service on 777-200s will soon join the fun.

The process begins later this year, but it will be worth the wait as Business moves from a 2-3-2 configuration to an incredible 1-2-1, with aisle access, increased privacy, larger entertainment screens, lie-flat beds, more personal storage, and a walk-up bar for when you get peckish mid-flight. Meanwhile, Main Cabin will see the arrival of 9" seatback touchscreen monitors by Panasonic, a power outlet and a USB plug at every seat. Let's not forget the addition of more Main Cabin Extra seats, for those willing to pay a tiny bit more for the comfort of 6" additional legroom.

While the announcement of the upgraded Business Class seats makes us quite giddy enough, there is additional icing on the cake. All passengers will benefit from beefed-up entertainment options (250 movies, and over 180 TV programs and 350 audio selections) and in-flight WiFi (even on long-haul international routes).

So why should you care?

You'll love the Business Class news if...

· You're considering an international flight on American Airlines in Business Class.
· Your company will let you fly Business Class on long-haul routes.
· You're a frequent flyer with AAdvantage status.
· You're already booked on a future AA 777 route later this year or in 2015.
· You've already tried the new seat onboard the 777-300ER or A321 and are now spoiled.
· You're a frequent flyer on another airline, but thinking of switching loyalty to American.

You'll love the Main Cabin (Economy) news if...

· You're human
· You have a passport and aren't afraid to use it

Looking beyond, when American begins retiring their 767-300s in the coming years and taking delivery of the new 787 Dreamliners, something like this interior could be what we see plying the skies on most AA international flights. And that, dear friends, is a very good thing.

Business Class:

Main Cabin:

[Photos: American Airlines]

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