American Airlines Slashing First Class from Boeing 777-200ER Aircraft

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Per the Dallas News Business, American Airlines plans to remove their entire First Class cabin from their s Boeing 777-200ER fleet later this year.

Currently these planes offer 247 seats, however with the loss of First Class the total number of seats will increase to 260 per airplane.


Details of the new interiors include in increase from  37 angle-flat seats to 45 lie-flat seats Business Class seats. Similar to Delta, these new seats will offer direct aisle access.

In the main cabin, the 194 seats drop down to 170 seats, however they are adding 45 Main Cabin Extra seats, which is their premium economy product.

Total Breakdown of new 777-200ER seats:

  • 45 Business Class
  • 45 Main Cabin Extra
  • 170 Main Cabin
Both the Main Cabin Extra seat and the Main Cabin seat will be replaced with the same seats offered on our 777-300ER fleet. Each Main Cabin Extra and Main Cabin seat holds an 8.9-inch HD-capable touchscreen including up to 250 movies, 180 TV programs, 350 audio selections and 20 games.
Main Cabin Extra and Main Cabin seats will also offer individual 110v AC power outlets and USB ports at every seat.
American said their decision to move to a two-class configuration on our 777-200ERs allows them to better align ourselves with their competitors, many of whom offer a two-class configuration today.
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  1. Funny, I remember flying “BusinessFirst” on Continental in the late 1990’s from IAH-CDG. It seems that for the American traveler, business class is what most folks are looking for and the delta between business and true “international” first (even domestic-airline international first) isn’t enough to justify the fare difference. Good on AA for doing this. Perhaps it will keep award availability higher since there will be more C seats available.

  2. Seems like a good deal to me. As long as business class is good I don’t care what they call it. Reminds me of the US Air two class system.

  3. Is “slashing” the right word here?

    When the new business class for the 777-300’s was announced, AA also mentioned that the 777-200’s were going to go two-cabin.

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