American Airlines reveals A321XLR and B787-9 interiors


American Airlines has revealed exciting new interiors for its Airbus A321XLR and Boeing 787-9 aircraft, due for delivery from 2024. The headline development is the Flagship Suite, a seat that sits somewhere between the airline’s current Flagship Business class and Flagship First in terms of luxury and experience, with a privacy door, a ‘chaise longue’ relaxed seating option and more personal storage space.

The B787-9 Flagship Suite is based on Adient Aerospace’s Ascent platform, optimised for Boeing cabins, customised in conjunction with Teague, and trimmed in fabrics from Tapis. For the narrowbody A321XLRs it has been suggested that the Collins Aurora seat has been chosen.

The centre double seats in the forthcoming American B787-9s, with a sliding privacy divider

The new long-haul cabins will have more premium seating installed than on their current counterparts – indeed 45% more – with the B787-9s due to be fitted with 51 Flagship Suites seats and 32 premium economy seats. The Airbus A321XLR aircraft will feature 20 Flagship Suites and 12 premium economy seats.

Those Premium Economy seats are also new, and custom-designed for more privacy than the current model, with double the amount of in-seat storage space. The model? Customisation makes it difficult to say, but it appears to have much in common with the ZIMprivacy model.

American’s B787-9 premium economy class seats will feature large privacy wings

Retrofits too

American also intends to retrofit its Boeing 777-300ER fleet with Flagship Suites. These 20 aircraft will be refreshed with the new interior schemes starting in late 2024, to include 70 Flagship Suite seats and 44 Premium Economy seats.

The enlarged premium cabins of American’s upcoming Boeing 787-9 fleet

American will also retrofit its Airbus A321T fleet with new cabins, to align those 16 aircraft with the rest of its A321 fleet. American will continue to offer lie-flat seats on its transcontinental routes departing New York and Boston along with its Northeast Alliance partner, JetBlue Airways.

“We are enhancing the customer experience across their entire journey with American,” said Julie Rath, American’s VP of customer experience. “The arrival of new long-haul aircraft and the customised seat design of the Flagship Suite seats will offer customers a truly private premium experience on our long-haul fleet.”

Passengers entering American’s redesigned aircraft will be greeted with an illuminated American logo and thin red accent lines

American has not yet revealed the dimensions of the bed in the B787-9 First Suite

The B787-9 First Suites will offer abundant work and dining surfaces

American’s Airbus A321XLRs will be fitted with 20 Flagship Suites. Deliveries are due in 2024

The Flagship Suite on American Airlines’ Airbus A321XLR offers a private inflight experience

American’s new Boeing 787-9 premium economy seats will feature headrest wings for privacy, and larger IFE displays

American’s Airbus A321XLRs will feature 12 premium economy seats

The premium economy seats on American Airlines’ Airbus A321XLR feature privacy wings and generous stowage space

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Ever since his first flight on a TriStar, Adam has loved air travel, and since becoming editor of the Aircraft Interiors International brand he has really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the latest aircraft and airline products before they are even launched. Adam co-ordinates the running of the magazine, from commissioning articles and artwork, to ensuring that high standards of quality are maintained, as well as managing online content. Adam is proud to sit on the jury of the Crystal Cabin Awards and to have laid on the bed in Etihad's Residence.

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