American Airlines has had a terrible time getting to the finish line replacing all of its international widebody angled flat seats with flat beds with all aisle access.
They introduced the Boeing 777-300ER with an outstanding off the shelf Cirrus seat that’s found in Cathay Pacific and EVA Air business class.
Boeing 777-300ER Business Class
The seat for American’s 767s is fully flat with all seats having direct aisle access. But 767s are narrower aircraft, so the seats are narrower as well.
Boeing 767 New Business Class
However they were working on their own concept seat that was going to be even more spacious for the conversion of 777-200s and for Boeing 787s. The design got cut back, there were delays, and indeed Boeing 777-200s aren’t even close to done with the conversion.
Boeing 777-200 New Business Class (Zodiac)
Delivery of American’s Boeing 787s were delayed because this new seat wasn’t available from manufacturer Zodiac.
Boeing 787 Business Class
So American terminated its contract and sued Zodiac, and went shopping for a new seat.
I guessed they’d go with B/E Aerospace which had an off-the-self fully flat seat that made sense — the Super Diamond. B/E Aerospace was later announced as the provider of American’s new premium economy seat and new domestic first class seat, and outed itself as the supplier for all 3 classes of service American’s Airbus A350s on order.
American has confirmed to me that B/E Aerospace will provide the new business class seats, not just on the Airbus A350s, and that the seat will be the Super Diamond.
Here’s a generic version of the seat:
I’m waiting to learn more about the specific configuration of the seats American has ordered. But it’s the excellent seat that Qatar is using and that Virgin Australia just started flying in the past few days on Sydney – Los Angeles that looks fantastic.
Virgin Australia B/E Aerospace Super Diamond Business Seat