American’s inaugural Boeing 777-300ER flight is scheduled to be from Dallas to Sao Paulo on December 13, 2012. This is significant not only because it’s a new aircraft to the American fleet, but also because it will feature their brand new first and business class product.
Anyway, shortly after they announced this would be the inaugural flight they zeroed out all first and business class availability, so the only seats that could be snagged were in coach. This is despite the fact that the business class cabin is wide open, with three seats taken on the seatmap:
I assume this is because they plan on inviting some executives and folks from the media, so wanted to hold on to their premium seats for a while. However, it appears as if they’ve finally started selling business class seats again, so if you want to be among the first to try the new product, this is your chance.
Now, December is peak season in Brazil so there’s no saver award space, though you can book a standard award for 100,000 AAdvantage miles in business class for the one-way. Usually I’d never pay that, but for the opportunity to be on such a special inaugural flight (for a new type of aircraft and new premium cabin product) I couldn’t resist.
The other nice thing is that since American charges the same number of miles from Hawaii to Brazil as they do from the US mainland to Brazil, I can add a non-capacity controlled business class seat from Honolulu to Dallas to the reservation at no extra cost, which I can use anytime prior to travel. That at least increases the value of the award a bit.
Anyone else planning on taking the inaugural? Would be great to see some of you aboard!