American Debuts New 787 Dreamliner Business Class Seat

By Paul Riegler on 5 May 2020
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American Airlines debuted a new business-class cabin for its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet.

The new interior features the Rockwell Collins Super Diamond reverse-herringbone seat. This seat is already on the airline’s larger Dreamliners, the 787-9s, as well as on some of its Boeing 777-200 aircraft and it is the only seat the airline has been purchasing since it terminated its agreement with Zodiac (now Safran) in 2015 after the manufacturer was found unable to deliver seats in a timely fashion in accordance with its contract.

The first 20 787-8 Dreamliners American received have the Safran Concept D seats and those will remain installed in those aircraft for the foreseeable future.

British Airways, American’s joint-venture partner, uses the same seat on its new Airbus A350s. The seat has excellent storage and the integrated shell provides passengers with privacy during the flight, especially when the seat is in full bed mode.

The first of the airline’s 787s with the new interior became part of the airline’s fleet in March and are currently in storage in Tulsa.

The new seats offer a larger bed when extended and larger footwells compared to the earlier Concept D seat. They also will have a sliding partition between the two middle seats in each row for greater privacy.

Similar to the current 787-8 Dreamliners, the ones with the updated seating will have 20 seats in the business-class cabin in a 1-2-1 seating configuration. They will also have 28 recliner seats in premium economy, 48 seats in the premium economy lite section, and 138 seats in coach.

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