MIAMI — American Airlines rolled out its first Boeing 777-200 with the new business class configuration on the Dallas-Forth Worth-Santiago, Chile, route on October 6. The carrier announced on Aug. 20 that it was removing the first class cabin from its 47 777-200s and moving to a business class product.
The airline’s redesigned 777-200 features new Business Suite seats. The new seats transform into 77-inch lie-flat beds with aisle access at every seat. Passengers have access to WiFi and dual universal AC power outlets and USB ports at every seat, along with a 15.4-inch touchscreen monitor with a large selection of movies, TV programs and audio.
The aircraft also has the Main Cabin Extra and Main Cabin sections. The extra section offers six more inches of leg room in the front of the plane. Travelers get early boarding, which gives them extra time to store their luggage and get comfortable. Both the Main Cabin Extra and Main Cabin offer universal AC power outlets and USB ports at every seat, along with WiFi and an entertainment system with up to 250 movies, and more than 180 TV programs and 350 audio selections.
That leaves American offering a true first class cabin on its 14 777-300ERs and some Airbus A321Ts used on flights between California and New York.“It will take a while to get the new seats on all 47 777-200s. We only have the one in service right now, and we’re working on the production schedule for the rest,” said spokesman Casey Norton.
No decisions have been made on the most likely routes the upgraded 777-200s will fly on, said Norton. “But we think there is demand for an upgraded product on some of our routes to Asia and other key international markets,” he said.