MIAMI — American Airlines (AA) has confirmed today the initial routes of its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet, the first to feature its new International Premium Economy cabin.
Last December, the world’s biggest airline unveiled the new product, thus becoming the first U.S. carrier to offer a dedicated international premium economy product, which will be available only on its widebody fleet, including all of its Boeing 777s and 787s, Airbus A330-200s, and A350-900s.
The Boeing 767-300ERs and Airbus A330-300s will not be retrofitted with Premium Economy as those aircraft are scheduled for retirement in the coming years.
— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) June 22, 2016
According to AA, the new product will offer more legroom (38 inches of pitch) and wider seats. In the 787-9 there will be 21 Premium Economy seats in a 2-3-2 configuration. The seat, built by B/E Aerospace, will offer extendable foot, leg and headrests, as well as individual AC power outlets and USB ports.
The Premium Economy product will also offer Panasonic’s personal IFE entertainment suites and Wi-Fi connectivity, with complimentary live television channels, movies and games. Passengers will also receive noise reducing headphones and amenity kits, and will enjoy enhanced meal service with complimentary wine, beer and spirits. Premium Economy passengers will also be able to check one bag free of charge.
“As the first U.S. airline to introduce Premium Economy seating on international flights, we continue to innovate new ways to meet our customers’ expectations with the products and service they value,” said Andrew Nocella, American’s chief marketing officer. “The 787-9 is going to be a fantastic addition to our widebody fleet, with international Wi-Fi and an inflight experience that’s second to none. Our existing widebodies will offer Premium Economy as we retrofit our cabins and continue to elevate the entire travel experience with our $3 billion investment.”
American has exclusively confirmed to AirlineReporter that the inaugural route to be flown by the 787-9 is scheduled to be from DFW to Los Angeles (LAX). First flight will take place on October 6 until November 4, as reported by Gary Leff from View From the Wing.
American Airlines’ 787-9 and its new Premium Economy cabin will make their international debut on November 4, with a maiden services from Dallas/Ft. Worth to Madrid and São Paulo, with booking available from July 10. However, the Premium Economy product will be offered for the cost of Main Cabin Extra until early 2017, when it will go on sale.