On Friday’s earnings call American Airlines shared that their “Boeing 777-200 retrofit [project will be] complete in Q2.”
Those are the last international widebodies that still have angled seats, but they’re months away from finally all offering lie flat seats with direct aisle access.
We can expect the old business seats to go away soon.
Some of the Boeing 777-200s have been reconfigured with this ‘Concept D’ Zodiac seat:
That’s also the seat they started using for the Boeing 777-200 as well.
Their Boeing 777-300ERs and legacy US Airways aircraft have a Zodic seat similar to what Cathay Pacific offers.
They’re working through putting lie flat seats in their international 757s without direct aisle access for window seats, similar to what United has now in its international fleet and is replacing with Polaris seats.
So soon we’ll see the end of angled international business class entirely at American.
Of these products, I like the Super Diamond on the Boeing 787-9 and some Boeing 777-200s if I am flying solo and have a window seat. (There’s no privacy divider between center seats.) If I’ve got to have a middle seat and I’m not traveling with someone then I prefer the Boeing 777-300ER seat. The ‘Concept D’ forward-backward seats are narrow at the shoulders and have gotten much criticism because the center divider is stuck either in the up or down position and cannot be moved by passengers, and because movement in one seat can cause shaking of another seat due to installation issues — something American has said was being addressed.