American Airlines has unveiled new Flagship Suite Business Class seats and Premium Economy seats with new deliveries of Airbus A321XLR and Boeing 787-9 aircraft beginning in 2024. Flagship Suite Business Class seats will offer a privacy door, a chaise lounge seating option and more personal storage space.
“We are enhancing the customer experience across their entire journey with American,” American’s Vice President of Customer Experience Julie Rath said. “The arrival of new long-haul aircraft and the customized seat design of the Flagship Suite® seats will offer customers a truly private premium experience on our long-haul fleet.”
American Airlines B787-9 Business Class Pictures
American Airlines A321XLR Business Class Pictures
American was the first U.S. airline to debut long-haul Premium Economy seats in 2016, and in response to customer demand, the airline is adding more Premium Economy seats to its long-haul aircraft.
With the introduction of new interiors on its long-haul aircraft, premium seating on American’s long-haul fleet will grow more than 45 percent by 2026. American’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft will have 51 Flagship Suite® seats and 32 Premium Economy seats, and the airline’s Airbus A321XLR aircraft will feature 20 Flagship Suite® seats and 12 Premium Economy seats.
American Airlines B787-9 Premium Economy Pictures
American Airlines A321XLR Premium Economy Pictures
Refreshing existing B777-300/ER
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.
The End of First Class?
The press release did not mention the future of American’s First Class product. Given the above mentioned cabin lay out, it appears First Class is making a quiet exit and American will focus on a premium Business Class suite branded as the Flagship Suite seat.