American to Introduce 5th Business Class Seat Variation – “Best Yet” for 777s, 787s, & A350s

by Adam

American will introduce a brand new business class seat for the remainder of their B777-200s as well as B787-9s and A350s as per Brian Sumers, a correspondent for Aviation Week and a Condé Nast Traveler contributor. This will be the 5th business class variation for the airline since they introduced their Cathay like 777-300ER herringbone seat in 2013. The reason for the additional design is due to delivery and production delays at Zodiac, the seat manufacturer. Zodiac delays are impacting several carriers (see – Cathay Pacific’s A350 w/ New Business Class Delayed past Feb).

American officials told Brian the seat will be “even better than we see today” and that American hopes to have lie-flat seats rolled out across their widebody fleet by the end of 2017.

Check out all the details on Brian’s site here.


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Bob February 4, 2016 - 3:11 pm

Broken link to Brian’s site; the h in http is missing.

Adam February 4, 2016 - 3:13 pm

@Bob – Thanks, all fixed!

UK February 4, 2016 - 4:05 pm

shame J on the 763s (to MAD, ZRH etc..) are such a heaping POS…

Brian Sumers February 4, 2016 - 4:46 pm

Thanks for the shout out, Adam. Much appreciated.

Adam February 5, 2016 - 11:24 am

@Brian – Of course, thanks for sharing on your site!

02nz February 4, 2016 - 6:39 pm

Actually counting their A321 transcons this would be their sixth variant of fully-flat business class seating. And that’s not counting the non-flat business class seats they still have out there. Product consistency doesn’t seem to be a thing for AA.

A330 – Pre-merger U.S. Airways, early version of the Zodiac seat
767 – Vantage
777-300ER – Zodiac, like Cathay
787 and 777-200 – Forward- and rear-facing
A321 transcon – B/E Diamond


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