Decked Out: New American Airlines Cabins Revealed

Things are set to look a little more luxurious for passengers as plans for the new American Airlines cabins have been announced! Set to make their debut in 2024, the cabins will offer customers the option to relax in a new range of premium seating.

Side view of the new American Airlines cabins. Neighbouring seats in view.
Staring 2024, passengers will be able to experience Flagship Suites aboard selected AA aircraft | © American Airlines

A Finer Flight With American Airline’s Flagship Suites

A new delivery of the Airbus A321XLR and the Boeing 787-9 in 2024 will mean a whole new flight experience for customers in premium seating. Meet the Flagship Suites – a brand new cabin that will see the airline’s long-haul fleet include chaise lounge seating, more personal storage space and privacy dividers located between neighbouring seats.

Referred to as a ‘tailored luxury’, these seats will come at a time when the airline will be retiring its Flagship First cabin.

“The arrival of new long-haul aircraft and the customized seat design of the Flagship Suite® seats will offer customers a truly private premium experience on our long-haul fleet.” – Julie Rath, Vice President of Customer Experience

Premium airplane cabin with flat chair and table on the side.
The Flagship Suites will offer the ‘lie-flat’ chaise lounge style seats, along with other perks | © American Airline

Bigger and Better: More Premium Seating to be Added in Economy Cabins

In 2016, American Airlines became the first US airline to offer Premium Economy seats on their long-haul flights. Now, following the cabin’s popularity, the airline has included in its announcement that more Premium Economy seats will be added along with a redesign to add a bit of newness to it.

By 2026, American is set to increase its overall seats by 45% as the Boeing 787 aircraft will include 51 Flagship Suites alongside 32 Premium Economy seats, and the Airbus A321XR will hold 20 Flagship Suites and 12 Premium Economy seats.

Side view of Premium seating in economy cabin.
The popular Premium Economy cabins will also see an increase in numbers across the AA fleet | © American Airlines

Refreshing: New American Airlines Cabins Include Existing Fleet

2024 is set to be a busy year for the airline as there are also plans to ‘refresh’ its Boeing 777-300ER by adding the previously mentioned Flagship Suites. This will see 20 of the airline’s already established fleet undergo a make-over towards the end of 2024 to create more of a cohesive aircraft unit.

The Airbus A321T will also see some change in a similar department as the airline aims to align all 16 planes with its other A321 models.

Members of the AAdvantage loyalty club will be able to earn award tickets through earning miles, which will allow them access to the Flagship Suites set to debut in 2024.

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Kirsty Atek
Kirsty Atek
Kirsty Atek is a visual artist based in London who is interested in sustainability.


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