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American Launches “Largest Modernization Project in Aviation History”

American Launches “Largest Modernization Project in Aviation History”
Joe Cortez

New bedding, power outlets and in-flight texting part of new in-flight experience. The airline has branded it “the largest modernization project in aviation history.”

American Airlines is pulling back the veil on their planned cabin overhaul, adding new perks to the in-flight experience. Business Traveller reports the airline will soon redesign many parts of the in-flight experience, from the overhead bins to the actual seats.

As previously announced, narrowbody domestic aircraft will be retrofitted to include new seats and power outlets, starting with the carrier’s fleet of Airbus A320 family airframes. The goal is to standardize seating and amenities aboard all single-aisle aircraft flown by American. The rebuild will feature larger overhead bins, satellite wi-fi connections and power outlets at every seat.

In addition, American will soon allow flyers to send text messages in-flight, mirroring the same benefit announced by legacy competitor Delta Air Lines. The Dallas-based carrier has not said when in-flight texting will begin.

On long-haul flights, including transcontinental flights, first-class passengers can look forward to new bedding from Casper. The new comfort items include a mattress pad, blankets, pillows and pajamas. Exact comfort offerings will be determined by the flight length.

Finally, premium economy will also get an upgrade on 104 aircraft in American’s fleet, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. While new amenities have not yet been announced, the airline projects that the new premium economy cabins will be rolled out aboard widebody airframes by the end of 2018. Upgrades to the A320 aircraft is scheduled to begin in 2019, starting with former US Airways aircraft and ending with legacy American A320 airframes.

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  1. jeffhacker

    October 12, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Yep. Improvements. Like going to 30” pitch in Economy and removing the IFE from the relatively few planes (some 738’s and the Legacy AA 321’s only) that have it. Introducing basic economy which is nothing more than a disguised fare increase while they’re making tons of money.

  2. GrumpyYoungMan

    October 12, 2017 at 8:53 am

    AA is not “Dallas-based.” The only major Dallas-based airline of which I am aware is Southwest.

  3. dogcanyon

    October 13, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Technically, AA has a Ft. Worth address, but everybody outside of the Metroplex thinks of them as “Dallas-based”. Get used to it.

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