Seats in the new American Airlines Flagship Suites
American Airlines on Tuesday unveiled new suites for some of its longest planes, an attempt to drive out higher-paying customers as travel demand returns.
The new suites, which will include elongated seats and a sliding door for added privacy, will debut in 2024 and mark the end of American’s Flagship First class, its premier offering on many international and other flights. long-haul.
The move is the latest effort by an airline to add more seats for travelers willing to pay a higher price for more onboard comfort. Executives at major US airlines recently said leisure travelers are paying more for more premium seats.
Airlines have been reducing or phasing out first class cabins for years so they can accommodate revamped business class seats and premium economy sections.
Rows of new American Airlines flagship suites
American, based in Fort Worth, Texas, said premium seats on its long-haul planes will increase by more than 45% by 2026.
The new Boeing 787-9 planes will have 51 suites, plus 32 premium economy seats. The carrier also plans to upgrade its 777-300ER aircraft to include 70 suites and 44 premium economy suites.
The new Airbus A321XLRs will have 20 suites and 12 premium economy class seats, American said.
American Airlines seat for its new Flagship Suite seats