American Airlines Business Class Philadelphia-Munich Flight 716 – Review

Former US Airways Route Continues Storied Airline’s Tradition

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The Airbus A330-300 was wheels up at 6:51 p.m. and headed in a southwesterly direction, turning due east around Wilmington, Delaware, and then continuing in a northeasterly direction over central New Jersey. Heading northeast over the open Atlantic and passing over Nantucket Island the plane proceeded south of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland in Canadian airspace and continued east to the southern tip of Ireland and the Irish Sea. After crossing over Wales and the English Channel, the Airbus overflew Belgium and entered German airspace south of Aachen proceeding southeast until our final approach to Munich Airport.

SEAT COMFORT

I proceeded to my seat, 1A, at the bulkhead of the business-class cabin, which featured a light and airy design with wood grain walls and a metal US Airways badge facing the passengers on each side.

The former US Airways international business-class cabin was known as Envoy until about a year ago, when American dropped that name in favor of simply saying “business class.”

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US Airways began installing new Envoy Suites in its A330 aircraft in 2012. Seats in the Envoy cabin were arranged in a 1-2-1 reverse herringbone style, giving each passenger direct aisle access. The seat itself extends into an almost fully lie-flat seat (the head rest remains slightly higher than the rest of the seat) but the seat itself is parallel to the floor.

Each suite has an armrest that can be lowered to provide for more space when in use as a bed, a built-in 15.4” in-flight entertainment system display, USB and electrical outlets, a reading light, and a three-prong connector for the Bose Quiet Comfort headphones that are handed out to passengers for in-flight use. A small tray table pops out of the left armrest and it is barely large enough for a standard airline-sized meal tray, let alone a more elaborate business-class meal.

Perhaps somewhat fortuitously, American chose a slightly more elaborate version of the same seat for its business-class cabins on its new 777-300ERs a year later. While the American and US Airways seats are essentially the same model, with different materials and functionality, the American seat seems to be flatter and also seems to better dock with the ottoman in bed mode.

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