American Airlines to Upgrade Boeing 757 Aircraft
American Airlines today announced plans to make upgrades over the next two years on its entire fleet of 124 Boeing 757 aircraft to include the installation of new seats, new cabin interiors, and updated in-flight entertainment systems throughout the aircraft.
"American is committed to investing in products and services that make traveling more comfortable and convenient," said Lauri Curtis, American's Vice President -- Onboard Service. "The Boeing 757 aircraft project is our newest effort to enhance our fleet of aircraft, improve the overall customer experience, retain our loyal passengers, and win new travelers."
The 757 enhancements include the installation of two additional First Class seats, which increases the number of First Class seats from 22 to 24 on each aircraft. Other modifications include:
* New Economy cabin seats;
* New sidewalls to give the interior a lighter and brighter look;
* New LCD monitors, which replace CRT monitors, to enhance in-flight entertainment viewing;
* New digital media file servers for better in-flight video and audio entertainment quality.
As American Airlines conducts more than 90 percent of its maintenance work in-house at its maintenance bases, in the United States, these aircraft refurbishment projects will be completed by American's highly skilled Maintenance and Engineering department comprised of 14,000 employees, including 12,000 members of the Transport Workers Union (TWU).
In addition to the Boeing 757 aircraft enhancements, which are slated to begin in 2008, American already has plans in progress to enhance its fleet of Boeing 777, 767-300s and 767-200 aircraft, all of which were previously announced.
American's Boeing 777 fleet -- a total of 47 aircraft, which primarily serve routes between the U.S. and locations in the United Kingdom, Japan, China, India and Latin America -- will soon receive the remainder of scheduled upgrades to its First Class and Business Class cabins.
This year, American will begin installing Flagship Suites in the First Class cabins of the remaining 777s (20 in total) that do not currently feature that product. Each Flagship Suite transforms into a fully flat 6-foot, 6-inch bed with drop-down armrests which allows for more sleeping space. Additionally, each suite features a swivel seat for face-to-face meetings or dining together, power ports, leather headrests, two large tray tables, in- flight entertainment with audio and video on demand, and other comforts designed to enhance the travel experience.
The 777 Business Class cabin also will receive star treatment that includes new lie-flat seats with drop-down armrests and in-flight entertainment with audio and video on demand. In addition, the new Business Class seat will track forward 10 inches and features interlocking tray tables that create one of the largest workspaces in the industry.
American is currently upgrading the Business Class cabin on its fleet of 58 Boeing 767-300s, an effort that is scheduled for completion by the end of this year. The new, next-generation Business Class features lie-flat seats with drop-down armrests, a personal in-flight entertainment system with audio and video on demand, and ergonomically-designed overhead bins. With five independent motors, the new seat offers customers previously unimaginable flexibility. In addition, the track-forward feature and interlocking tray tables provide customers with greater options for work and in-flight dining.
American deploys its Boeing 767-300 aircraft for many of its trans- Atlantic services, as well as on select routes within the United States and to Latin America. In all, this fleet serves more than 50 routes to more than 20 destinations. By early summer 2007, American expects to have the next- generation Business Class on all 767-300 aircraft flying routes between New York and Europe.
On March 15, American completed the outfitting of Business Class cabins with the new personal video and audio entertainment devices. By expediting the installation, American offers customers expanded entertainment features sooner than scheduled.
Passengers will begin experiencing enhancements on American's fleet of 15 Boeing 767-200s as early as this summer. This aircraft is primarily flown between New York and Los Angeles and between New York and San Francisco.
In the First Class and Business Class cabins, the upgrades include updated seats, a lighter and brighter cabin interior, and new audio and video on- demand personal entertainment devices. American also is installing one additional First Class seat on each aircraft, which increases the number of First Class seats on the 767-200s to 10. All of the upgrades will be implemented in phases, beginning with the new in-flight entertainment systems, followed by upgraded First Class seats, the installation of the additional First Class seat, and the enhanced cabin interior.
The Economy Class cabin also will receive a lighter and brighter look, including new carpeting and new interior sidewalls. In addition, CRT video monitors will be replaced by LCD monitors for a clearer, brighter picture.
About American Airlines
American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 4,000 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve more than 600 destinations in over 135 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation . AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com and We know why you fly are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.
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