I broke the news yesterday that American Airlines had selected the B/E Aerospace Super Diamond business class seat as their new standard as they introduce the Boeing 787-9 into their fleet this year, as they continue to retrofit Boeing 777-200s with fully flat seats, and as they bring the Airbus A350 online in 2017.
This replaces the custom Zodiac fully flat business class seat that’s been getting installed in American’s 777-200s and Boeing 787-8s as a result of challenges the seat manufacturer had delivering on time.
Yesterday I shared the stock photo of the seat and what Virgin Australia’s new business class looks like utilizing the same basic seat. It’s Qatar’s new seat as well.
American Airlines is now sharing what their version looks like:
Source: American Airlines
The seats will be in a 1-2-1 configuration, with the single seats angled towards the window slightly and the two middle seats angled towards each other. All seats are fully flat and have direct access to the aircraft’s aisle, so there’s no climbing over passengers. This is in my opinion as good a seat as exists in business class today.
I’m excited to try it when the Boeing 787-9 debuts in a few months!