American Airlines to Discontinue First Class on Some New York-London Flights
American Airlines will operate two of its three New York-London flights with newly-configured two-class Boeing 777-200ERs starting in December, according to a schedule change the airline made. The switch means that two of the airline’s three flights will no longer have a first-class cabin.
The change becomes effective December 17, 2015.
The Fort Worth-based airline has traditionally flown three-class airliners, currently the Boeing 777-300ER, on that route with a first-class cabin that featured its Flagship Suites. Its joint-venture partner British Airways also operates the route with planes that offer a first-class cabin.
Prior to that, the airline operated the flight with 777-200s in a three-class configuration, also with Flagship Suites in first. Before the 777 entered the flight, American used a three-class Airbus A300 on the route.
The two-class 777-200 has 45 fully lie-flat seats in business, 45 seats in its Main Cabin Extra premium economy lite section, and 170 seats in coach.
The new business-class seats have a bed length of 76.5”, as well as two power outlets and a USB port, in addition to a 17” touchscreen monitor connected to an in-flight entertainment system offering 250 movies, 180 TV shows, and 350 audio tracks. Seats in Main Cabin Extra will have up to 6” of additional legroom.
Flight 100, which is the first evening flight to London, will retain the 777-300ER as will Flight 107, which is American’s last flight out from London to New York.
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