It was only a matter of time before American Airlines stepped up and joined the ranks of airlines offering premium suite seating! And here it is!
New Airbus A321XLRs and Boeing 787-9s
According to a press release issued today, beginning in 2024, with new deliveries of its Airbus A321XLR and Boeing 787-9 aircraft, American Airlines will unveil new Flagship Suite® premium seating and a reimagined aircraft interior for its long-haul fleet. Flagship Suite seats will include a privacy door, a chaise lounge seating option and more personal storage space.
Retrofitting Boeing 777-300ERs
American will also be retrofitting its aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER, to include Flagship Suite® seats . These 20 aircraft will be refreshed with the new interiors starting in late 2024. American’s aircraft will feature more premium seats than its current design, with 70 Flagship Suite® seats and 44 Premium Economy seats.
Retrofitting Airbus A321Ts
American will also retrofit its Airbus A321T fleet to align those 16 aircraft with the rest of its A321 fleet. American will continue to offer lie-flat seats on its transcontinental routes departing New York and Boston along with its Northeast Alliance partner, JetBlue Airways, providing travelers with a premium experience and the opportunity to arrive refreshed after a cross country flight.
Summary: premium seats will be available on the airline’s long-haul fleet starting in 2024 as follows:
- Flagship Suite® seats, featuring privacy doors, will be included on all Airbus A321XLR and Boeing 787-9 deliveries beginning in 2024.
- American will refresh its Boeing 777-300ER fleet
- Premium seating in American’s long-haul fleet will grow more than 45 percent by 2026.