American announced several aircraft cabin improvements, some which are a really big deal.
All but a “handful” of American’s new aircraft will have seat-back video screens throughout. All of the planes in the carrier’s primary jet fleet now have Wi-Fi, with plans to expand to it to regional aircraft, said Joshua Freed, a spokesman.
This is what’s being installed in new aircraft. They haven’t announced plans to retrofit existing cabins with the new interior.
Interesting is that this is for ‘most’ of the new aircraft. It’s likely that the interiors were already ordered for all of American’s new planes, so one imagines there are some previously-ordered new US Airways aircraft that won’t get the new interiors.
What’s also good here, though I believe already expected, is the roll out of wireless internet to American’s regional aircraft (a good number of US Airways regional planes already have it).
Lie-flat business seats also will be added to its Boeing 757s used on international routes, while power ports and Wi-Fi will be extended throughout the plane.
…Among the renovations announced today, Airbus NV A319s, a mainstay of the US Airways domestic fleet, will get all-new seats and power outlets by the end of 2016. The airline also will add 24 economy seats that give more legroom for an extra charge.
Lie flat 757s is new. I understand the joint venture agreement with British Airways, Iberia, and Finnair requires lie flat business class across the Atlantic so this makes sense.
American’s lie flat seats for a narrowbody would presumably be similar to the Airbus seats flying between New York and Los Angeles and San Francisco…
…Unless they actually intend to do one-one seating like on those transcon aircraft in first class, which would surprise me as it would give up too much capacity (take up too much space).
More likely than one-one seating, I could imagine a staggered layout of the new 767 business class seat. But this is all speculation.
Doing two-by-two would mean that they have international business class seats without all-aisle access, a principle they hadn’t yet violated with new seats on 777-300, 777-200, and 767 aircraft.
Adding ‘main cabin extra’ additional legroom seating to the US Airways aircraft is going to make it much easier, as an American Airlines elite, to actually fly US Airways as the airlines combine.
Adding power points is necessary — and ironic since US Airways had previously proactively removed outlets from domestic aircraft.
(HT: Traveling Better)
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