Press Room – A private premium experience in the sky: American Airlines introduces new Flagship Suite® seats

New premium seats will be available on the airline’s long-haul fleet starting in 2024

  • Flagship Suite® seats, equipped with privacy doors, will be included in all Airbus A321XLR and Boeing 787-9 deliveries starting in 2024.
  • American will update its fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs with new luxurious interiors, elevating the customer experience in flight on long-haul international routes.
  • Premium seating in American’s long-haul fleet will increase by more than 45% by 2026.
  • From carefully redesigned lounges to elegant aircraft interiors and enhanced in-flight service, customers will have a true premium experience with American.

FORT WORTH, Texas – American Airlines offers customers a new suite ride. With new deliveries of its Airbus A321XLR and Boeing 787-9 aircraft, starting in 2024, the airline will unveil new premium Flagship Suite® seating and reinvented interiors for its long-haul fleet. Flagship Suite® seats will offer customers a private premium experience with a door for privacy, a chaise lounge seating option, and more personal storage space. Customers will appreciate bespoke luxury in their private retreat in the sky in American’s premium cabin.

“We are improving the customer experience throughout the entire American journey,” said Julie Rath, American vice president of Customer Experience. “The arrival of new long-haul aircraft and the customized seating design of the Flagship Suite® seats will offer customers a truly private premium experience on our long-haul fleet.”

American was the first U.S. airline to debut long-haul Premium Economy seats in 2016, and in response to customer demand, the airline is adding even more Premium Economy seats to its long-haul aircraft. The new custom designed Premium Economy seat creates more privacy and doubles the amount of stowage space inside the seat.

With the introduction of new interiors on its long-haul aircraft, premium seats on American’s long-haul fleet will increase by more than 45% by 2026. American’s Boeing 787-9 will have 51 Flagship Suite® seats and 32 seats Premium Economy, and the airline’s Airbus A321XLR aircraft will feature 20 Flagship Suite® seats and 12 Premium Economy seats.

Members of American’s award-winning AAdvantage® loyalty program can earn miles through daily activities such as shopping and dining that they can use for award tickets to try out American’s new Flagship Suite® seats when it debuts in 2024.

Upgrading of existing aircraft

American will also retrofit its aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER, to include Flagship Suite® seats. These 20 aircraft will be refurbished with new interiors beginning in late 2024. American’s aircraft will feature more premium seats than its current design, with 70 Flagship Suite® seats and 44 Premium Economy seats.

American will also retrofit its Airbus A321T fleet to align those 16 aircraft with the rest of its A321 fleet. American will continue to offer reclining seats on its transcontinental routes departing from New York and Boston along with its Northeast Alliance partner, JetBlue Airways, offering travelers a premium experience and the opportunity to arrive refreshed after a cross country flight.

Styling from the earth to the air

Premium customers will notice that American’s signature style begins with the start of their journey in the airline’s dreamily redesigned Admirals Club® lounges, with the first of these refurbished lounges opening at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA ) this fall. Brand elements with sustainable wood design will be transported from lounges to American’s redesigned long-haul aircraft.

Upon entering American’s redesigned aircraft, created by the power of Teague design, customers will be greeted with an illuminated American flight symbol and subtle red accent lines, confirming their flagship experience. In the seats of the Flagship Suite®, customers will be surrounded by comfort and large surfaces and stowage areas that they can use to meet their personal needs, whether it is munching on delicious dishes, having fun or relaxing during the flight.

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