American Airlines Business Class New York-London – Review

By Paul Riegler on 23 March 2015
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American Airlines became the first U.S. airline to operate the Boeing 777-300ER just over two years ago and now has 17 in service, with three more on order. The largest plane in American’s fleet, the 777-300ER provides 304 seats in four separate cabins.  Eight of those seats are in first class and are designated as Flagship Suites.  Fifty-two are in business class, with 30 in Main Cabin Extra, a separate premium economy cabin, and 214 in the main cabin.

For my first American 777-300ER flight in over a year, I arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 8 around 6:30 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. departure.

The PreCheck security checkpoint wasn’t busy and I found myself airside in a matter of minutes. Given the time, I headed over directly to my gate, foregoing a stop at the Admirals Club lounge.

Past security at American's Terminal 8 at JFK

Past security at American’s Terminal 8 at JFK


Boarding started promptly about 40 minutes prior to departure. Gate 6 was devoid of the throngs of travelers at the other gates. Indeed, the plane left the gate less than half full in the rear, economy, section, although the 777’s eight first-class seats and many of the business-class seats were full.

The agent invited first-class passengers and then business-class passengers to board ahead of the rest and I was among the first on the plane.

As would be expected, a flight attendant in the cabin was offering pre-departure beverages and hanging up coats.

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