American Airlines has begun installing new cabin interiors on its Boeing 777-200ER and Boeing 767-300ER fleets, nearly two years after the upgrades were announced.
The retrofits have a comparable “look and feel” to the Fort Worth, Texas-based Oneworld alliance carrier’s new cabins on the 777-300ER and Airbus A320 family aircraft, says Alice Liu, managing director of onboard product at American.
Work is underway and the new cabins will be rolled out “later this year”, she says. She declines to provide a more specific timeline.
American said that aircraft with the new cabins would enter service in the first quarter of 2014 when the retrofits were announced in May 2012.
The upgrades will remove first class in favour of a denser two-class configuration on the 777-200s. The aircraft will have 45 lie-flat business class seats, up to 45 premium economy and up to 170 economy seats for a maximum of 260 passengers. The aircraft are configured with 243 seats currently.
The business class seats on the 777-200s will be “similar but not the same” to those on the 777-300ER, which entered service in January 2013, says Liu.
Economy will have slimline seats similar to those on American’s new Airbus A321s, which entered service on 7 January, she adds.
The 767-300ERs will have 28 lie-flat business, up to 14 premium economy an 167 economy seats for a maximum of 209 passengers. This is down from 225 seats currently.
Liu says again that business class on the 767s will be similar to that on the 777-300ERs but not the same. Economy will only receive a refresh and not a full upgrade.
The retrofits will be made to all of American’s 47 777-200s and around half of is 58 767-300ERs.