20 AUGUST 2018
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After lagging behind in the Premium Economy stakes, American Airlines is accelerating its offering as the upgrade nears completion on its main fleet. It was the first US domestic carrier to include the cabin.
With international competitors including British Airways, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific operating similar products for several years, American introduced Premium Economy with its new Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner in 2016.
It followed up with a full launch last year and currently offers Premium Economy on its Boeing B777-300s, B787-9s, Airbus A330-200s, and on select B777-200s flying internationally and to Hawaii.
The next stage in the rolling programme is to fit the B787-8 Dreamliners with the cabin, which the airline installs behind Flagship Business or First Class, depending on the route.
Senior vice-president, global sales Alison Taylor said: “Premium Economy demonstrates our commitment to create a world-class experience and gives our customers more options when flying with us.”
Those options include wider seats with more legroom, adjustable head and foot rests and extra recline plus “elevated” meals with free beer, wine, and spirits, exclusive amenity kits and pillows and blankets designed by a sleep technology company.
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