American Airlines reveals new fully-flat seat

9 Apr 2014 by GrahamSmith

American Airlines has unveiled details of the new seating, including fully-flat business seats, on its B777-200ER fleet.

A complete reconfiguration of the aircraft, first class has been removed and in its place a two-class cabin (economy and business) will be fitted "to better match capacity and demand".

Its 45 new fully-flat business class seats offer up to twice as much "living space" as the current B777-200ER business class seat.

B777-200 seat

All seats feature a large tray table, a work surface, and each element of the seat including the seatback, head rest and leg rest can be adjusted using seat controls.

As with the B777-300ER seating (click here for a review), each business class seat has direct access to the aisle.

Inflight entertainment will include up to 250 movies, 180 TV shows and 350 audio programs on HD touchscreen monitors. A 16-inch HD-capable touchscreen monitor doubles with a remote control handset, as on the B777-300ER, in business class.

American Airlines B777-200ER Business Class seat

American Airlines B777-200ER Business Class seat 2

American Airlines B777-200ER Business Class seat 3

Each seat has individual 110-volt universal AC power outlets and USB jacks for charging personal electronic devices.

In economy (which American refers to as "the Main Cabin"), AA's retrofit will include installation of up to 45 Main Cabin Extra seats (four-six inches extra leg room in a 3-3-3 configuration) and up to 170 Main Cabin seats (in a 3-4-3, ten-across configuration).

Each economy seat has universal AC power outlets, USB jacks and HD-capable touchscreen monitor of "nearly nine inches".

American Airlines B777-200ER Inflight Entertainment

AA says the B777-200ER is used on mid- to long-haul international markets in Europe, Asia and South America.

The details of the new seat were unveiled today in Hamburg at the Aircraft Interiors Expo. The airline originally anounced the new seating two years ago (see news, May 2012).

Click here to view the forum discussion on the seating.

Tom Otley

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