As I first wrote about over the weekend, American’s first 757 featuring their new business class product is now flying. While American has been much quicker with starting to upgrade the rest of their fleet, their 757s are the last internationally configured planes to get a new business class product.
American will be installing the same B/E Aerospace Diamond seat on the 757 that they have on their premium transcon A321s. The catch is that they’re not installing personal televisions, but rather will be handing out tablets to business class passengers.
While I posted one picture of the reconfigured 757 with the last post, American was kind enough to send along a few pictures of the reconfigured 757. Here they are:
On top of that, here’s what they had to say about the project:
This retrofit program is part of our previously-announced $3 billion investment in the customer experience, which includes retrofitting aircraft to have a more modern look, newer technology and connectivity. We are retrofitting 24 aircraft in this program and they will have the new American branding, look and feel that includes the installation of new lie-flat Business Class seats. The aircraft also has new trim and finish, galley curtains and carpeting and a refreshed Main Cabin.
The new lie-flat seat is the B/E Parallel Diamond, similar to the seat you see on the A321T. Business Class is in a 2 x 2 configuration, with 16 seats total in the cabin. Main Cabin has a 3 x 3 seat configuration, with 160 total in the cabin. The aircraft are slated to be Transatlantic-bound to markets in Europe from the US. More will enter the fleet throughout the rest of the year and 2017. The project is slated to be complete mid-to-late 2017.
It’s interesting to note that American will only reconfigure 24 of their 757s (I imagine many of the others will be used for domestic flights and/or retired), and that the project should be complete in mid to late 2017.
However, until a good chunk of the fleet has been reconfigured, I’ll be making an effort to stick to the planes that give me better odds of a flat bed product in business class. All A330s, 777-300s, and 787s feature fully flat business class seats, while most 767s and many 777-200s feature the new business class product as well.