American 767 New Business Class Seatmap Loaded

American is in the process of gradually refreshing their international fleet. While all of their 777-300ERs are being delivered with their new business class product, American will slowly retrofit their 777-200 fleet and part of their 767-300 fleet. In October American announced they would begin the process of retrofitting in the first half of this year.

We haven’t heard a whole lot since then, though some seatmaps have been popping up with what is presumably American’s new 767 business class product.

Here’s what American’s current business class and Main Cabin Extra seatmap looks like:

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American-Old-Business-Class-102

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American’s current 767 business class seats

And then here’s what the new business class and Main Cabin Extra seatmap looks like:

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American-New-Business-Class-102

For the most part this looks good to me. The business class capacity is only dropping by two, going from 30 seats to 28 seats. Meanwhile they are losing a row of Main Cabin Extra. That’s not good, but at the same time I’d rather they cut some Main Cabin Extra than drastically reduce business class capacity.

So what will the new business class product look like? I think it’s safe to assume it will be different than American’s 777-300ER business class, which features reverse herringbone seating. I can’t imagine there’s any way to fit four across reverse herringbone seating in the cabin of a 767. Cathay Pacific and Delta have four across reverse herringbone seating on their A330s, though that cabin is three feet wider.


American’s 777-300ER reverse herringbone business class

American did say each seat would have direct aisle access, so between that piece of information and the seatmap, it really narrows down the type of product it could be — I imagine they’ll have a staggered business class product, similar to what Austrian, Brussels, Delta, etc., have on much of their fleet.

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Delta’s 767-300 business class — I suspect American’s will be similar

I certainly could be wrong, but based on the configuration and the amount of room the cabin takes up, that’s the only logical conclusion I can come to.

Curious to hear what you guys think!

Comments

  1. Ben, the hyperlink for “American announced they would begin the process of retrofitting in the first half of this year” is showing another article.

  2. @ Christopher — Right, and if you go to that article you’ll see mention towards the bottom about the retrofit schedule. They never officially published it as far as I know, but that’s what their PR department shared with me.

  3. I love ANA Staggered Business and would take a window with a window-side seat over the reverse herringbone for privacy and sleep comfort. Unfortunately AA will only have 6 or 8 of those seats and no mini-cabin. Reserve your seats early!

  4. You could change the “strike angle” to put in reverse herringbone (theoretically). e.g. CX’s strike angle on the 333 is sharper than on the 77W to allow 4-across on both, even though the 77W cabin is wider.

  5. I think you could still fit the Cirrus seat in a 767, you’d just have to decrease the inward/outward angle of the seats, right? I don’t know if you could do it to an extent that it would still be profitable, but I think it’s at least doable?

  6. @ Yarki @ Justin — I suppose so, though there’s only so much you can “sharpen” the angle until they’re just forward facing seats. I certainly could be wrong!

  7. @ hkairlinenews — Well Singapore’s configuration is really rare, as they’re the only airline to have it. I highly doubt American would go that path, but I could be wrong.

  8. Is there any way to tell if my flight will feature this new business class product? I will be flying from JFK to BCN in June 2014.

  9. @ Shayan — As of now only New York to Zurich features the new business class product as of April 1. No other routes have the new seats loaded yet.

  10. I saw a pic of the 767’s new biz class seats. They’re gonna be the same as Delta’s 767 Biz class seats.

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