The major US airline carrier, American Airlines, added more suites to some of its most distant flights in an effort to attract wealthy travelers. The decision comes after the improvement in the COVID-19 situation across the world and the airline sector has started to meet the demands of business travel. Starting 2024, American Airlines will introduce new suites with lie-flat seats and a sliding door for privacy.
And with the introduction of these deluxe suites, American Airlines’ flagship First Class, its top-tier service on many international and other long flights will end.
The project is the airline’s latest attempt to increase the number of seats for passengers who are willing to pay more for greater comfort on board.
Major US airline CEOs recently said that leisure travelers are buying more premium tickets at higher prices.
according to statement issued by the airline“We believe our flagship Suite product provides customers with what they want most in long-haul flight: privacy doors, lie-flat seating, direct aisle access, and more personal space.”
“With the introduction of new interiors to its long-range aircraft, premium seating in the US long-range fleet will increase by more than 45 percent by 2026. The American Boeing 787-9 aircraft will have 51 Flagship Suite seats and 32 Premium Economy seats, And the airline’s Airbus A321XLR aircraft will have 20 Flagship Suite seats and 12 Premium Economy seats,” the airline said in a statement.
American Airlines announced that it will continue to offer the flagship business on its existing fleet of Boeing 777-200, Boeing 787-8 and Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
American Airlines has not disclosed how much the company will spend for the cabin upgrade.
For years, airlines have been reducing or eliminating the size of first-class cabins to make room for redesigned business-class seats and premium economy classes.