American Airlines today took another step toward increasing its leadership position in international travel with the unveiling of the airline's Next Generation Business Class at Logan Airport.
The new Business Class product - being offered initially on American's Boeing 767-300 aircraft - is designed to give passengers more comfort, flexibility and privacy. It features new, innovative, lie-flat seats, a personal inflight entertainment system with audio and video on demand, state-of-the-art lighting, and ergonomically-designed overhead bins.
"Our Next Generation Business Class is an exciting innovation, and we are delighted to show it to our New England customers," said Jim Carter, Managing Director for American Airlines Eastern Division. "Travelers will have the capability of adjusting this innovative Business Class seat to their personal preferences, instead of having to adjust to seats that have only a few positions like those used by a number of competing airlines."
American is currently installing the Next Generation Business Class this year on the 767-300s. Among the routes flown with this aircraft is American's seasonal Logan to Paris service. In addition, the airline will begin installing the Business Class product on its Boeing 777 fleet later this year. Also in 2007, based on rave reviews from First Class customers, American will install its popular Flagship Suites on its remaining 777s that do not currently feature the product, so customers will be able to experience them every time they fly on an American Airlines 777 flight. American operates 777s on Boston's 14 flights a week, year-round, to London Heathrow Airport.
The Flagship Suites transform into a fully flat six-foot, six-inch bed with drop-down armrests that allow for easier access and more sleeping space. Flagship Suites also have privacy dividers, power ports, leather headrests, two large tray tables, and a swivel seat.
American's product specialists, employees, and its key supplier, Recaro, a leading expert in aviation seating, used their combined expertise to develop the new Business Class seats and other cabin enhancements. In addition, some of the airline's most-frequent business travelers and flight attendants participated in the research and development of the new seats and other amenities. The result is the Next Generation Business Class, designed to make the Business Class travel experience more comfortable, productive and customized for each passenger's needs.
The new product reflects American's ongoing strategy of investing in products and services valued by its premium customers. The Boeing 767-300s are flown on most of the airline's transatlantic routes, as well as on select routes within the United States and to Latin America. American's 58 767-300s serve more than 50 routes to more than 20 cities. In addition to the Boston to London Heathrow route, American operates its 777 aircraft on routes between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Heathrow, select routes to Japan and Asia, and select routes to Latin America.
American, a founding member of the global oneworld® Alliance, will begin major renovations at its Admirals Club® lounge at Logan Airport this year, including new, brighter decor and a more contemporary look and feel to appeal to today's premium customers. The Logan Admirals Club lounge offers conference facilities, high-speed Wi-Fi access, showers, and Lenovo PCs with Internet access.
Additional investments in premium products include enhancements to First and Business Class menus for Europe and transcontinental First and Business Class menus in September 2006. Improvements at Logan Airport now provide a single access point to American and American Eagle gates, plus an increase in retail outlets from 17 to 23 is planned, together with a new 15,000 square- foot food court. Passengers at Logan can now use new reserved parking facilities, and American soon will be adding self-service check-in devices at Logan for the convenience of its international passengers.
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 Admirals Club are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.
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