American to ‘redesign and refresh’ international widebody aircraft

American Airlines has announced plans for “the redesign and refresh of the airline’s international widebody aircraft.”

The airline’s fleet of 777-200ERs will be redesigned to a two-class cabin configuration while also adding fully lie-flat Business Class seats with aisle access for every seat, international Wi-Fi, in-seat entertainment throughout all cabins and Main Cabin Extra seating featuring additional legroom.

The airline is also planning to retrofit up to half of its existing 767-300ER aircraft while reiriting the rest over time. The configured aircraft will include fully lie-flat Business Class Seats and all-aisle access, the airline said.

“This redesign will comprehensively improve our future international widebody experience through fully lie-flat all-aisle access seats, inflight entertainment and Wi-Fi, and will place our product among the industry leaders,” Virasb Vahidi, American’s chief commercial officer, said in a news release. “This is something our people are excited to see as we work toward a new and modern American Airlines.”

Added Vahidi: “Our decision to invest in our international widebody aircraft demonstrates significant forward progress, consistent with our plan, and paints a picture of the future for our customers and people.”

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