American completes Premium Economy roll-out on widebody fleet

by James Wilkinson

American Airlines was the first U.S. airline to introduce the Premium Economy experience three years ago, and once again it is leading the industry by being the first U.S. airline to finish installing Premium Economy seats on its widebody fleet.

American now has 3,025 Premium Economy seats across the airline’s widebody fleet, more than the other U.S. carriers combined.

Located between Flagship Business and Main Cabin on long-haul international flights and behind Flagship First on select flights to Hawaii and Alaska, Premium Economy is available on American’s 124 Boeing 787s and 777s and Airbus A330-200s.

American Airlines’ new Premium Economy is now available on all 124 widebody aircraft in the fleet

Premium Economy guests have more legroom, wider seats, extra recline, extendable foot rests and an elevated onboard dining experience compared to Main Cabin.

When traveling in Premium Economy, customers can relax with a Casper day blanket and lumbar pillow, enjoy a premium amenity kit and a chef-inspired meal with wines selected by master sommelier Bobby Stuckey.

On the ground, customers receive two free checked bags and priority benefits when checking in, going through security and boarding.

American Airlines offers an impressive inflight entertainment system

“Premium Economy is the perfect complement to the many travel experiences we offer, providing customers with even more options when flying,” said Janelle Anderson, Vice President of Global Marketing for American.

“As the first U.S. airline to introduce Premium Economy, we continue to invest in new ways to ensure customers’ time with American is well spent, like high-speed Wi-Fi, live TV, new amenities on the ground and more.”

The number of Premium Economy seats will continue to increase next year, by more than 10%, as American takes delivery of 12 new 787-8s.