12 MARCH 2012
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It may be trading in Chapter 11, and is by far not the last US airline to do so, but American Airlines is pushing ahead with a major upgrade of its passenger services.
Last week the Dallas Fort Worth-based airline, a member of oneworld and partner to British Airways across the North Atlantic, announced plans to outfit its entire mainline fleet with what it calls 'Main Cabin Extra'. Essentially what is on offer is more legroom and priority boarding, recognised by business travellers as their main concern with flying.
American plans to begin installations this year, and over time will update all of its existing aircraft. New Boeing 737-800 aircraft being delivered will come equipped with Main Cabin Extra seating beginning this fall. Anticipated future aircraft, including Airbus A321s, A319s, Boeing 777-300ERs and 787s, will also offer Main Cabin Extra.
Members of the airline’s elite schemes who purchase a full-fare Economy Class ticket will receive complimentary access to Main Cabin Extra, subject to availability. For other customers who wish to purchase Main Cabin Extra, prices will range between US$8 and US$108 per segment, depending on the length of the flight. www.aa.com/maincabinextra
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