Last week I flew American’s 777-200 in first class to and from Buenos Aires.
It was my goodbye to the Flagship Suite. That’s because American’s new 777-300ERs have a new first class, and the American Airlines 777-200 business class is getting a retrofit with a top shelf product… but no first class.
American’s trusty old Flagship Suite will be a thing of the past.
That story and review is coming up, but for now what I’m interested in is the new 777-200 business class.
I love American’s new business class onboard the 777-300ER. That one was put together quickly, a version similar to what Cathay Pacific offers (and a generational upgrade on the seat US Airways pioneered).
The 777-200 business class seat is supposed to be even better. And now that the first redone aircraft has been delivered to American and placed into service, we get a look at it for the first time.
Until now this is all American had released:
We knew that coach gets power ports (standard plug ins) and USB ports, and business class seats get two of each.
And we knew that the 777-200 seat would have more space than the 777-300ER seat. There would be forward and rear-facing seats in business class, and that the rear seats would have more work space than forward-facing ones.
Now that the first plane is in service we have photos.
The seat, upright.
And in flat bed mode.
The business class cabin.
And the walk-up bar for mid-flight snacks.
(Photos courtesy American Airlines)
I agree with Lucky that the seat probably doesn’t have enough storage, and it does look tight at the top of the seat in bed mode. I’m still very much looking forward to the seat, and will greatly prefer to fly the new 777-200 over the old one. After all, it was never a completely foregone conclusion that last week’s upgrades were going to clear. If they didn’t I’d have been in the old angled business class seats…
There will be 10-20 of these new 777-200s in service before American switches to a denser configuration with fewer business class and more main cabin extra and main cabin seats.
The current configuration has 45 Business, 45 Main Cabin Extra, and 170 economy seats.
The new configuration will be 37 business, 48 Main Cabin Extra, and 204 economy seats.
Eventually the initial 777-200s will get reconfigured from 260 total seats to 289 seat cabin.