American to add Premium Economy on international flights

Available from late 2016.

American Airlines is the latest to introduce a Premium Economy class.

It will be available in late 2016 on AA’s international widebody fleet.

The new Premium Economy will be directly behind Business Class, providing an enhanced product offering compared to the Main Cabin.


  • more legroom
  • wider seats
  • Personal on-demand entertainment
  • noise reducing headphones
  • priority check-in and boarding
  • checked baggage allowance
  • amenity kits
  • enhanced meal service
  • spirits, beer and wine


Passengers in Premium Economy will enjoy a leather seat featuring 38 inches of pitch, personal on-demand entertainment systems, larger touchscreen monitors with access to movies, TV shows, music and games, and noise reducing headphones.

On the ground, passengers will be able to check up to two bags free of charge and board earlier with priority boarding.

In the air they will enjoy an enhanced meal service, access to global Wi-Fi connectivity, hours of on-demand entertainment, as well as complimentary wine, beer and spirits.

New Planes and Retrofit Plans

American’s first plane with Premium Economy seating will be its Boeing 787-9, which is expected to enter service in late 2016.

Premium Economy will also be installed on the Airbus A350, which arrives in 2017.

American will also add Premium Economy to all Boeing 777-300ERs, 777-200ERs, 787-8s and Airbus A330s over the next three years.

The Boeing 767-300s will not be retrofitted with Premium Economy as those aircraft are scheduled for retirement in the coming years.

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