American is in the process of taking delivery of their first Boeing 787-9, which will begin commercial service in the next couple of weeks.
American already operates the Boeing 787-8, so the significance of this new 787-9 goes far beyond it just being a stretched out version of the Dreamliner they currently operate.
Well, American has just shared the first “actual” pictures of the new plane’s cabins, at least that I’ve seen. While we’ve seen renderings and individual seats, we haven’t actually seen what the cabins will look like until now.
Here’s a picture of American’s 787-9 business class cabin, which will feature a total of 30 reverse herringbone seats:
The cabin has the exact same configuration as Air Canada’s 787-9, which also has 30 of the same seats (though as you can see, their finishes are different):
Perhaps most interestingly, these are also the first pictures I’ve seen of American’s new premium economy seats:
As you can see, there are a total of three rows in a 2-3-2 configuration, so it’s a fairly intimate cabin at just 21 seats. Keep in mind that American will be flying the 787-9 to Madrid and Sao Paulo starting in November, and you’ll be able to reserve a premium economy seat at the same cost as a Main Cabin Extra seat, so it’s a great way to experience the product before it officially goes “live,” presumably at a hefty price tag.
Ultimately this plane looks like a great addition to the American fleet, and I’m excited to fly it. However, as an Executive Platinum member I’m certainly not excited about the implications that premium economy has on the value of my systemwide upgrades…