April 13, 2017
AA Cutting First Class, Adding Premium Economy on Sydney Flights
American Airlines is swapping its aircraft on its Los Angeles-Sydney route come November 2017. It currently operates a Boeing 777-300 equipped with economy, business, and first class seats. The route will be downgraded to a smaller Boeing 787-9 equipped with economy, premium economy, and business class seats.
American will be the first US carrier to offer premium economy seats to Australia, as consumers seem more willing to pay a premium for the enhanced seat space. Premium economy offers an extra 8 inches of pitch and 2 inches of width compared to economy class. Customers also get improved food, complimentary beverages, and in-flight amenities.
While the addition of premium economy is great for consumers, American is removing 30 first and business class seats to accommodate for this. That means less seats will be available for upgrades and awards using airlines miles.
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