As American retrofits its Boeing 777-200 fleet, their only aircraft that will retain a first class cabin is their Boeing 777-300ERs.
The 777-200s get a good business class seat (similar to American’s 787 business seat), but once reconfigured no longer have a first class cabin.
Mostly the 777-300ERs — which do have 8 first class seats — have been flying to London Heathrow.
- It’s a premium market, especially from New York
- But it’s not that long a flight taking advantage of the range advantages of the aircraft.
They’ve flown this aircraft on some Sao Paulo routes. And they’ve been flying it Dallas – Hong Kong where they actually sell first class seats.
In my opinion American’s first class product really isn’t meaningfully better than their business class on the 777-300ER which is also four seats across, all-aisle access (and even more private than first class, plus first class has a bit better wine but in generally isn’t that premium).
It’s interesting that American is removing first class from 2 of their 3 premier New York JFK – London flights.
According to AirlineRoute.net, starting December 17 the two later American JFK – London flights will switch from the 777-300ER to reconfigured 777-200s. Interesting, those two later flights return as the earlier London – New York flights.
AA100 JFK1825 – 0620+1LHR 77W D
AA106 JFK1955 – 0750+1LHR 772 D
AA104 JFK2120 – 0915+1LHR 772 D
AA101 LHR1015 – 1325JFK 772 D
AA105 LHR1445 – 1755JFK 772 D
AA107 LHR1715 – 2025JFK 77W D
This is the day American’s new Los Angeles – Sydney service starts and that will require two aircraft. They don’t have many 777-300ERs and aren’t ordering more at this point.
Nonetheless, pulling first class off of New York – London is disappointing, because American is simultaneously making indications that they’re committed to first class service while also scaling it back.
Of course, American’s first class is only marginally better than their business class. British Airways first is better, though not one of the better first products. Though of course the sweet spot is business — the American business class product is far superior to the British Airways one.