American 777-200 new business class seat
The seat will apparently be an improvement on American’s 777-300ER reverse herringbone seat, which I find to be one of the best business class hard products in the world.
And the product does look very good, though whether it’s actually better is anyone’s guess.
The one thing we found out last week is that American is already planning on reducing the size of their 777-200 business class cabins. Their original plan was to have 45 business class seats, though long term have decided to reduce that to 37 business class seats. As an Executive Platinum with American that likes using my systemwide upgrades I of course don’t like this, but at the same time I can’t really say I blame them. What I think really stingy is that not only is economy seating going to ten seats per row, but so is Main Cabin Extra.
Anyway, it looks like American has finally loaded the first route which will receive service by the newly reconfigured 777-200, and it’s Dallas to Santiago as of September 4, 2014.
So the new business class product will operate AA945/940. The service by the reconfigured 777-200 won’t be daily, but rather just 3x per week initially:
- The reconfigured 777 will fly Dallas > Santiago Monday, Thursday, and Saturday
- The reconfigured 777 will fly Santiago > Dallas Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday
The other days of the week will be operated by a 767-300.
The first flight between Dallas and Santiago scheduled to have the new business class has both award and upgrade space, if you want to experience it early on. That being said, I wouldn’t necessarily count on the schedule for the 777-200s with the new business class sticking.
Interestingly back in March they had accidentally loaded the new 777-200 business class seatmap for the Dallas to Santiago route as of June 12, 2014, so as you can see, the project is somewhat delayed compared to what they were originally aiming for.
(Tip of the hat to @Humitrips)