First Interior Pictures Of American’s New 787-9

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’s 787-8

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.

American’s 787-9

Specifically, American’s 787-9 will be the first plane to consistently feature American’s newest business class product, and it will also be the first plane to feature a premium economy cabin.

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:

American’s 787-9 business class

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):

Air-Canada-787-Business-Class - 2

Perhaps most interestingly, these are also the first pictures I’ve seen of American’s new premium economy seats:

American’s 787-9 premium economy

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


  1. Wow, the premium economy looks great! Any news on how you can redeem miles for this product? Will it be classified as economy or business class? Or will it get its own separate award chart?

  2. Here’s my guess. Come the first quarter of next year, there will be another adjustment / devaluation in the awards chart once PEY kicks in. Those SWUs…I guarantee will apply as a one class upgrade. Those days were Y to J upgrades (as long as the plane isn’t 4 class), are coming to an end.

  3. Looks great! I think I prefer JAL’s 787 Business Class seats, though (Apex Suite) – it offers both more privacy for the solo traveler and more interactivity with your travel companion if you lower the partition.

  4. Gosh. Grey, grey, grey, some white and more grey. Would it kill American to add some color and design to their cabins. This just looks depressing.

  5. Too bad about the routing – Madrid and San Paulo aren’t on my list. Any idea of the future deliveries and routing?

  6. @Donna – it’s Sao Paulo, not San Paulo. Glad you got the Paulo right though – way too many people say Paolo instead of Paulo.

  7. @Harry – yep, all wide bodies in Everett (and North Charleston for the 787 too) and all narrows in Renton.

  8. US Carriers have ZERO class and taste in cabin interiors. Management or the designers at the US Carriers always pick dark and gloomy colors. Truly it’s like flying in a cave. Compare that with AirCanada with their bright color scheme and lighting. One reason why flying on a US Carrier is like flying on a Turd

  9. @Marc – I don’t necessarily agree with your assessment. While the monochrome scheme is a bit bland, I find the AC product to look cheap due to the 90’s computer case grey/beige everywhere. It would go a long way to include some finish and material change ups – or even a pop of accent color. I’m guessing they’ve done research on the typical American consumer and how much excitement they want – compare it to the expressive cabins found in Chinese cabins (and in home goods sold in China). Definite reflection of consumer tastes.

    I’m also certain it’s to get the longest run out of the product without it looking dated – gotta save those $$ for that “all important shareholder value”.

  10. It’s also because most of the structurally sound components are made from LFRT (long fiber reinforced thermoplastics) which are notoriously difficult to mix with coloring pigments. They are expensive materials which have UL flammability resistance classification.

  11. It appears the AA 789 Business Class IFE screens are smaller than Air Canada’s? 18″ vs. 15.4″? Is this true?

  12. I see they were too embarrassed to include pictures of the “steerage” section where folks like me will be sardining it.

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