Friday, February 17, 2012

American Airlines First to Take Delivery of New Boeing 777-300ER

American Airlines 777-300ER will feature mood lighting, archway
ceiling treatments and a walk-up bar offering snacks and drinks.
(images credit: American Airlines)
I always compare the introduction of a new wide-body passenger jet into service to the opening of a new house or condo. Especially on long-haul flights, and I'm talking about the ones that have flying times of eight to ten hours, the plane is your home away from home albeit up in the sky.

After experiencing all three cabins of service over the years to London, I have to admit it was definitely worth it to squander so many miles two years ago for a Flagship Suite on a round-trip flight between Los Angeles International and London Heathrow. I'm earning and saving my miles again to repeat the experience.

Last month American Airlines announced it will be the first air carrier to take delivery of the new Boeing 777-300ER beginning in 2012 and will continue throughout 2013. Customers in Dallas/Fort Worth, London Heathrow, New York's John F. Kennedy and Sao Paulo will be among the first passengers to experience the new aircraft. Additional markets are being planned.

Among the jet's new features are unique mood lighting and ceilings with archways to create a spacious feeling and, the first for any U.S. carrier, a walk-up bar in the premium cabin stocked with snacks and refreshments. Entertainment options will offer up to 120 movies, over 150 TV programs and 350 audio selections. Each seat will feature international Wi-Fi capability, a universal AC power outlet and a USB jack.

According to American Airlines these are the features of each cabin on their 700-300ER:

Updated First Class Flagship Suite
  • Swivel seats that transform into a fully lie-flat 80-inch bed.
  • Drop down armrests that allow for easier access and more sleeping space.
  • Aisle access from every seat
  • Privacy dividers
  • Two universal AC power outlets
  • One USB outlet
  • Two large tray tables
  • Water bottle holder and headset stowage
  • Boise Quiet Comfort 15 Acoustic Noise Canceling headset
  • 17-inch TV screen and touchscreen video handset that also serves as remote

Business Class Cabin
  • Fully-lie flat seats
  • Aisle access from every seat
  • Large tray table in addition to a work surface
  • Water bottle holder and headset stowage
  • Boise Quiet Comfort 15 Acoustic Noise Canceling headset
  • 14.5-inch touch screen monitor

Economy Class Cabin
  • American is expecting to designate some economy rows with extra legroom (part of new seating product announcement)
  • Seats will have a higher recline pivot providing increased knee room
  • Seat bottom articulates producing a cradling motion increasing the recline angle of the setback while protection personal space for passengers seated in the row behind
  • 9-inch touchscreen monitor


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