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