American Airlines starts international B757 refit

14 Sep 2016 by Tom Otley
American Airlines B757 Retrofit

American Airlines has commenced its international Boeing 757 retrofit programme. The first of a total of 24 aircraft has been completed with the rest being retrofitted until the end of 2017.

The narrow-body aircraft is used on some routes to both Europe and Latin America including Edinburgh, Manchester, Dublin, Amsterdam and Paris

The B757 is the last aircraft in American Airlines’ international fleet to be retrofitted, with the B767-300s now complete and the B777-200 programme well underway.

The new B757 cabin offers fully lie-flat seating in business class, similar to that on American Airlines’ A321 transcontinental fleet.

American Airlines B757 Retrofit

The new fully-flat seat is the B/E Parallel Diamond, similar to the business seat on the A321T. Business Class is in a 2 x 2 configuration, with 16 seats total in the cabin.

The main cabin has a 3 x 3 seat configuration, with 160 total in the cabin. 52 of these will be ‘Main Cabin Extra’ seating, offering up to 7” of extra pitch.

American Airlines B757 business class seat

The new seats will have the new American branding, look and feel including

  • New trim and finish
  • New Samsung Galaxy tablets for IFE in Business Class
  • New laminates and monuments
  • New galley curtains and carpeting
  • New overhead monitors in both cabins
  • New leather Main Cabin seat covers

Beginning in early 2017 American’s international B757 fleet will also begin being fitted with satellite Wi-Fi as will the carrier’s B767-300, A330 and B777-200 fleet. Wi-Fi comes as standard on all of American’s Boeing 777-300ER and B787 fleet.

For a recent review of the retrofitted B757-200 seat, see

Flight review: American Airlines B777-200 Business Suite

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