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Today, American Airlines announced that it will be the first US-based carrier to offer a dedicated premium economy cabin on international flights. This comes on the heels of Delta’s announcement that it will be modifying its Comfort+ offering. The airline will continue to offer Main Cabin Extra seating on select planes — premium economy will be available on wide-body aircraft only, including all Boeing 777s and 787s, and AA’s A330s and A350s (once they’re delivered). It will roll out in late 2016 when AA takes delivery of its first 787-900 Dreamliner.

The view from AA
The view from AA’s new premium economy seats.

According to the product’s new landing page, premium economy will include the following:

  • A spacious environment with more legroom and wider seats
  • Adjustable leather seats with extendable foot, leg and head rests
  • An enhanced dining experience
  • Personal on-demand entertainment at every seat
  • Noise-reducing headphones
  • AC power outlets and USB ports at every seat
  • Amenity kits
  • Priority boarding
Food for AA
Some of AA’s food served in this cabin.

It’s unclear if AA elites will receive free access to available premium-economy seats, but the product will most likely be sold with its own fare class, in which case an upgrade instrument of some kind could be required. American also has yet to share award redemption requirements, but I imagine we’ll hear more on that front before premium economy becomes available to book in 2016.

You can take a full tour of premium economy on AA’s site.

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