Flight Review: American Airlines New York-London New Flagship Business – International

By Paul Riegler on 15 January 2018
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Not another review of a flight to London, I hear you cry. Well, dear readers, this one is different. This time we are on a newly configured American Airlines 777-200ER sporting the carrier’s new business-class seats.

The 777-200ER originally was a three-class plane, with Flagship First, business, and coach. A few years ago, the airline decided to offer more business-class seats on these planes and offer Flagship First only on the larger Boeing 777-300ER.

Currently, American operates three evening flights from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to London Heathrow, and two of them are on the newly-configured 777-200s. There are 12 rows of business-class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration starting at row 1, with a total of 45 seats.  Each seat has direct-aisle access.  This is followed by 55 seats in Main Cabin Extra, the airline’s premium economy lite section, and 160 seats in coach.

American's new Flagship Lounge at JFK

American’s new Flagship Lounge at JFK

Terminal 8 at JFK was exceptionally quiet as I arrived. While there were lines at the check-in counters, I already had my boarding pass on my Apple Watch and, with no one on line at the TSA PreCheck, I breezed through.

I had time to stop at the new Flagship Lounge and sip a refreshing drink, but it was soon time to head to the gate.


American switched to a new nine-group boarding process earlier in the year. Group 1 on the updated 777-200ER is for business-class passengers only, which makes sense given the number of business-class seats. I arrived at the gate just as that group was called.

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