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American Airlines's business class on their Boeing 787-8 V.1 is a haven of luxury and comfort. With 20 seats, passengers can relax in spacious seating, savor gourmet meals, and immerse themselves in premium in-flight entertainment. The crew, ever attentive, provides a service that meets every expectation.

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For travelers desiring more than the basics, American Airlines's premium economy on their Boeing 787-8 V.1 is a delightful choice. With 28 seats, passengers enjoy added comfort and space. The in-flight entertainment is enhanced, and diverse meal options are available. Their attentive crew offers a heightened level of service, making journeys more enjoyable.

Passengers flying with American Airlines on their Boeing 787-8 V.1 can expect a no-frills yet efficient experience in economy class. Designed for 186 travelers, the cabin offers a balance between affordability and essential comforts. The seating is functional, and a range of in-flight entertainment is available. The crew, always attentive, ensures a smooth journey, addressing passenger needs promptly.

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Elevate your travel standards with American Airlines's business class aboard the Boeing 787-8 V.2. Designed for 20 elite travelers, it features plush seating, exquisite dining options, and a top-tier entertainment system. The crew's exceptional service ensures a journey that lingers in memory.

Experience enhanced travel with American Airlines's premium economy on the Boeing 787-8 V.2. Catering to 28 passengers, the cabin boasts superior seating comfort, a wider entertainment array, and gourmet meal choices. The crew's dedication ensures a journey that feels special from takeoff to landing.

Travelers aboard American Airlines's Boeing 787-8 V.2 in economy class can expect a blend of affordability and essential amenities. With a capacity of 186 seats, it offers a selection of entertainment and basic comforts. The crew remains attentive, ensuring a satisfactory flight experience for all.

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The Boeing 787-9 family, features a business class that redefines luxury in regional air travel. Catering to 30 passengers, the environment is spacious, with seats that offer ample recline and legroom. The in-flight dining is a culinary journey, and the entertainment options cater to diverse tastes. The crew's meticulous service ensures every need is met with precision.

Travelers aboard the Boeing 787-9 lineup, can experience the perks of premium economy. Designed for 21 passengers, this class offers a touch of luxury with ergonomic seating, a wider entertainment selection, and gourmet meal choices. The crew's attentive service accentuates the elevated experience.

The Boeing 787-9 series, offers an economy class that's optimized for longer regional routes. Catering to 234 passengers, the environment is spacious with ergonomic seating. A wide range of entertainment options is available, and the crew remains attentive to passenger needs, ensuring a satisfactory flight experience.

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A variety of music selections may be accessed on seat back monitors or through streaming to personal portable devices.

A variety of film, television program, and video game selections may be accessed through seat back monitors or through streaming to personal portable devices.

All seats in all classes on this aircraft feature access to regular AC power outlets.

Read our  guide to in-seat laptop power  for more information.

Wi-Fi service is availble, depending on route, to all personal portable devices. Internet access is available for a fee. Daily and monthly passes may be purchased before flight. Additional information about the service may be accessed by clicking  here .

Food service depends on route, length of flight, and time of day. Flagship Business and Premium Economy passengers are offered premium dining. Main Cabin passengers on long-haul international and certain US transcontinental flights are offered complimentary multi-course meals. Sandwiches, wraps, and snack boxes are available for purchase in the Main Cabin on other flights (US domestic, Canada, Caribbean, and Mexico).

Non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary on all flights. Beer, wine, and a variety of spirits are complimentary in Flagship Business, Premium Economy, and Main Cabin Extra on all flights. They are complimentary in the Main Cabin on certain long-haul international flights and may be purchased on flights where they are not complimentary.

Additional information for each class is available in the "Travel Information / During your flight" section on  aa.com .

The American Airlines Boeing 787-8 presented here is configured with American Airlines' Premium Economy product. Premium Economy is a step above Economy Class featuring additional legroom, wider seats, and enhanced inflight service.

Seating totals include:

  • 20 fully lie-flat seats in Business (Flagship Business on international routes from the USA),
  • 28 recliner-style Premium Economy seats,
  • 48 standard Main Cabin Extra seats featuring additional legroom compared to those in Main Cabin, and
  • 138 standard Main Cabin seats.

All seats feature touch sensitive inflight entertainment monitors and access to entertainment that is streamed directly to your own portable device.

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The American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is configured 30J 21W 234M and features Collins Aerospace Super Diamond seats in Business.

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Flagship Business: Collins Aerospace Super Diamond seats configured 1-2-1 in a reverse-herringbone pattern; 15.4" screens Premium Economy: Collins Aerospace MiQ seats configured 2-3-2 with a 38" pitch; 11.5" screens Main Cabin Extra: Safran (formerly Weber) 5751 slimline seats configured 3-3-3 arranged with a 35" pitch; 9" screens. In the seat plan these seats are indicated with orange accents Main Cabin: Safran 5751 slimline seats configured 3-3-3 arranged with a 31" pitch; 9" screens. In the seat plan these seats are indicated with red accents Wifi: Panasonic high speed satellite wifi IFE: Panasonic eX2 AVOD in-flight entertainment system with Live TV

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Boeing 787 9 Seat Map American Airlines: Overview

The Boeing 787 9 plane in the American Airlines fleet is a relatively new aircraft with several features. The AA 787 9 seat map shows 285 seats with top-notch amenities like a personal power port and AVOD (audio video on demand) in every seat.

The 787s are known for having lofty, curving ceilings to add more spaciousness. Onboard the Boeing 787 9 American Airlines uses Panasonic’s Ku-Band WiFi service with a strong connection that is available anywhere. However, the WiFi connection is slow for streaming videos but adequate for sending and receiving essential emails and browsing the web.

The American Airlines Boeing 787 9 seat map design includes a personal video screen, providing passengers with access to hours of entertainment. They can watch about 175 movies and many television series, music, and games. In addition, passengers have access to 5 live channels like CNN, BBC, and Sport24, irrespective of the cabin.

The 787-9 is outfitted with power plugs and USB ports at every seat in every cabin. Also, passengers of the 787 9 are offered one or two meals depending on the distance, with no additional fee for non-alcoholic beverages.

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Passengers who choose the AA 787 9 Business Class have 21 seats to consider. The seats are 21 inches in width and are organized in a 1-2-1 arrangement. They are equipped with enough storage space to ensure the best experience for passengers.

Also, passengers enjoy pods and American Airlines 787 9 Business Class seats that recline into a flatbed. The Passengers in 7DH, 8L, and seat 8A, will not get the best comfort due to the lack of storage and closeness to the lavatory.

Premium Economy

When on a 787 9 American flight, passengers in the Premium Economy Class enjoy 19-inch wide seats with a pitch of 38 inches. They are given extra comfort with the footrests and recline of the seat due to the seat being stretched forward. In this cabin, the lavatory noise may constitute a problem for passengers in the 9th row.

Main Cabin Extra

There are 34 Main Cabin Extra Seats available on the Boeing 787-9 American Airlines, which provides an additional 4 inches of legroom. The seats are available for passengers who would like more legroom. Aside from AAdvantage Platinum and Pro members, booking the main cabin extra requires an additional cost.

In the Cabin Extra, seats 22ABC, 22H, 22D, 22JKL, and 23DEH are not comfortable due to the lavatory. Passengers in other seats crowd the restroom.

The Boeing 787 9 American Main Cabin has an adjustable headrest for support and passenger comfort. The 3-3-3 seating accommodates 234 people. The seats in the 24th row are uncomfortable as they are in front of the galleys and lavatory.

The 39DEH, 37JKL, and 37ABC are not ideal due to their limited recline. Also, seats 38H, 38D, 37H, and 37D are close to the lavatory; therefore, they are often crowded.

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How To Choose the Best Economy Seat on American Airlines

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How To Choose the Best Economy Seat on American Airlines

American Airlines’ Economy Seats

Pros and cons, preferred seats and stats by aircraft, main cabin extra seats and stats by aircraft, exit row seats and stats by aircraft, premium economy seats and stats by aircraft, final thoughts.

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No one likes to fly in the back of the plane, but sometimes it’s unavoidable.

And when you do fly in economy class, it’s important to understand that not every seat is created equal. There are indeed differences among the seats in the cabin.

Today, we’ll take a look at American Airlines, which operates a very large domestic and international fleet. We’ll break down each of the economy seat options and tell you how to book them so that you’re prepared going into your next AA flight.

For the most part, American’s economy seats have the same physical attributes, so there’s no reason to necessarily book one aircraft over another in hopes of encountering a better product. Simply put, an economy seat is an economy seat when it comes to comfort.

That said, we can group the economy seats offered into different categories, each with pros and cons:

  • Regional aircraft (such as an Embraer ERJ-145) tend to have cramped seat configurations , but also have a favorable 2-2 configuration where everyone has a window or aisle seat.
  • On domestic aircraft (such as a Boeing 737-800), you’ll find economy class seats laid out in a 3-3 configuration , where seats in the bulkhead and exit rows are the best picks . Unfortunately, almost a third of the plane is stuck in a middle seat.
  • American’s international planes (such as a Boeing 777-300ER) are laid out in a 3-4-3 configuration in economy, which is especially tight and not great for long flights. Fortunately, these planes have plenty of extra-legroom economy seats , making snagging one of these preferred locations very important for a long journey.

When it comes to selecting seats, not everything is equal, but we can generally place seats in the following categories:

  • Some economy class seats you can select for free, with no strings attached . These tend to be the most unfavorable selections, including seats at the back of the plane or in the middle.
  • Some seats are located in a better section of the aircraft and require a nominal fee to reserve them.
  • Some seats include extra legroom and are offered for free to passengers with elite status.
  • Some seats are located along bulkhead walls or feature extra legroom, and you’re able to pay a significant fee to select them.

Basic Economy

While not physically limited to a specific section of the aircraft, Basic Economy fares are the most bare-bones tickets you can buy. While you can bring your carry-on on board, you’re not given an assigned seat until check-in. This effectively guarantees you the “leftovers” — usually the seats no one else wants to sit in.

If you’re the type of person who doesn’t want the uncertainty of a free-for-all seat selection or wants less stress on the day of departure, don’t choose a Basic Economy seat.

Here are the pros and cons of Basic Economy seats:

  • Attractive fares
  • You won’t be able to choose your seat
  • You won’t be able to guarantee sitting next to a companion or with your family
  • Group 9 boarding ; the very last group to board

Standard Economy (Main Cabin) Seats

AA Economy Class

Seats that are not designated as Main Cabin Extra, exit row, Preferred seats, or Premium Economy are considered standard economy seats — these are the most ubiquitous seats you’ll find on the aircraft and are also the least desirable.

For the most part, there is no fee to select these seats.

Regular Main Cabin seats are highlighted in blue on the seat map and are free to select.

American Airlines Main Cabin Regular Seats on Seat Map

Here are the pros and cons of standard economy seats:

  • These seats are free to select
  • These seats do not provide any additional marginal benefit — they have standard legroom and no additional perks

Preferred Seats

A Preferred seat does not necessarily have extra legroom but is located in a part of the plane that is more desirable . You might have a Preferred seat that’s located toward the front of the aircraft, for example. If you can’t snag a Main Cabin Extra seat, a Preferred seat is likely the next best thing.

While these seats don’t have extra legroom, they are far better than a middle seat or one near the rear of the aircraft.

Preferred seats are highlighted in green on the seat map. These seats have a better location, but otherwise don’t provide better comfort.

American Airlines Preferred Seats on Seat Map

Here’s a look at what you could expect to pay as an additional charge to secure a Preferred seat on a variety of routes (prices are for July 1, 2022):

  • Chicago (ORD) – Cancún (CUN): $36 to $43
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Santiago (SCL): $93
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Tulsa (TUL): $13 to $20
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Phoenix (PHX): $13 to $20
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Sydney (SYD): $93
  • New York (JFK) – London (LHR): $69 to $75
  • New York (JFK) – Los Angeles (LAX): $63
  • Washington, D.C. (DCA) – Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW): $29 to $35

Here’s an overview of the pros and cons of Preferred seats:

  • They tend to be located in more desirable areas of the plane
  • For non-elites, there’s usually an additional charge for these seats, which is hard to justify since there’s no extra legroom or recline

Hot Tip: To learn how to find the best seat on the plane, check out our ultimate guide to SeatGuru , where we guide you through how to use the site to view seat maps, specific dimensions, and aircraft types for nearly every airline worldwide.

Main Cabin Extra

AA Main Cabin Extra

If you’re going to sit in economy, you want to be sure you select a Main Cabin Extra seat. These are the best seats you’ll find in the rear section of the plane.

What makes these seats special is that they have extra pitch — that is, the distance between the seat back of one seat to the seatback of the seat in front. Simply put, these seats have far more legroom than their counterparts in regular coach .

When looking on AA.com, Main Cabin Extra seats are highlighted in orange.

American Airlines Main Cabin Extra Seat Map

Main Cabin Extra tends to be located in the first several rows of the economy cabin, though there are some notable exceptions, including rear bulkhead seats or a wide-body aircraft with multiple sections of economy seats.

In addition to extra legroom, there are also a few other perks you’ll get in Main Cabin Extra:

  • Group 5 boarding , which is the first group of economy passengers to board the aircraft; keep in mind that if you have elite status or another qualifier that would allow you to board early, you board with the earliest possible group
  • A single, complimentary alcoholic drink
  • “Dedicated” overhead bin storage space , though this tends to be a hit or miss perk since there’s rarely any enforcement to prevent other passengers from storing their luggage in the dedicated space

Here are the various ways through which you can select a Main Cabin Extra seat:

  • AAdvantage Gold members, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan  MVP members, and  Oneworld Ruby flyers can select a seat 24 hours before departure
  • AAdvantage Platinum , Platinum Pro , Executive Platinum , and ConciergeKey members, Alaska Airlines MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75K members, and Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald flyers can select seats at booking
  • You can also purchase a Main Cabin Extra ticket at any time in the booking process

Hot Tip: You may want to take a look at what it would take to achieve American AAdvantage elite status or Alaska MVP elite status if you fly American frequently. Elite status often provides Main Cabin Extra seats for free, so the cost of pursuing status may outweigh the cost of purchasing these seats each time you fly.

Here’s a look at what it typically costs to upgrade to a Main Cabin Extra seat on a variety of routes (prices are for July 1, 2022):

  • Chicago (ORD) – Cancún (CUN): $99
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Santiago (SCL): $107 to $123
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Tulsa (TUL): $22 to $24
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Phoenix (PHX): $22 to $25
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Sydney (SYD): $166
  • New York (JFK) – London (LHR): $76 to $113
  • New York (JFK) – Los Angeles (LAX): $109
  • Washington, D.C. (DCA) – Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW): $70 to $77

Here’s a look at the pros and cons of Main Cabin Extra seats:

  • They have far more legroom than traditional economy seats
  • They’re usually located in the forward portion of the aircraft , allowing you to get off the plane more quickly
  • If you don’t have elite status, purchasing these tickets can be costly
  • Middle seats are not blocked, so you may need to sit in a middle seat if there are no aisle or window seats available
  • The seats don’t offer any additional recline

While seats in the exit rows are sold as Main Cabin Extra seats, they come with a unique set of pros and cons that’s worth talking about separately.

First of all, it’s important to note that you must be at least 15 years old to sit in one of these seats and you must be “willing, ready, and able to assist in the event of an emergency.” You can’t sit in an exit row seat if you don’t meet all of those criteria, and selecting one of those seats without being able to perform the duties expected of you will result in you being moved — likely to a less-than-ideal seat since this will be done right before takeoff.

Exit rows are always highlighted in orange on the seat map, but also contain a specific designation of the exit row, so you know you’ll be seated there.

American Airlines Exit Rows on Seat Map

Exit row seats, in most circumstances, can be selected in the same manner as you would for a Main Cabin Extra seat. On some aircraft, there are multiple exit rows, so you’ll have more opportunities to select these seats.

Here’s what you can typically expect to pay for exit row seats on a variety of routes (prices are for July 1, 2022):

  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Santiago (SCL): $123
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Tulsa (TUL): $24
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Phoenix (PHX): $25
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Sydney (SYD): $129
  • New York (JFK) – London (LHR): $113
  • Washington, D.C. (DCA) – Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW): $77

Here’s a look at the pros and cons of exit row seats:

  • They have among the best legroom on the plane
  • There’s ample room to get up and move around the cabin from these seats
  • If you’re the type of person who needs to use the bathroom frequently, you may want to consider a seat in the exit row
  • You must meet specific criteria to sit in an exit row
  • Not all exit rows are created equal: if there are 2 rows, seats in the first one don’t usually recline to prevent issues with passengers trying to escape in an emergency
  • The inflight entertainment screens are further away since they’re often built into the back of the seat in front of you
  • Most exit rows still consist of 3 seats, so you’ll usually have a person in the middle seat for your journey

Hot Tip: If you have a mobility issue, cannot assist in an emergency, or do not speak fluent English, you will not be eligible to sit in an exit row.

Premium Economy

AA Premium Economy GIG-MIA

Premium Economy can only be found on wide-body aircraft that operate longer international routes, though these seats do show up on the occasional domestic flight.

While Premium Economy seats are much more desirable — and in a different class — than regular economy seats, it’s worth discussing them here as they technically are a subset of the economy cabin on eligible flights.

Premium Economy seats are highlighted in blue on the seat map, and are specifically labeled as Premium Economy. You can only select these if you book a Premium Economy ticket.

American Airlines Premium Economy on Seat Map

Here are the pros and cons of flying in Premium Economy with American Airlines :

  • These seats provide far more legroom and width than economy seats
  • Some seats feature a foot or leg rest
  • They’re situated in a separate cabin
  • They provide access to a dedicated lavatory
  • Depending on the route, Premium Economy comes with upgraded meal service
  • Premium Economy fares can be expensive , depending on the route
  • These cabins do have middle seats, so you may end up in one
  • Bulkhead seats have the inflight entertainment system stowed in the armrest, reducing seat width slightly

There are many different seating types throughout American Airlines’ fleet, and it’s important to know the differences among each of these seat types so you know the best place to sit.

While all seats may look more or less the same, there are marked differences in legroom, location, overhead bin space, and more.

Keep this guide bookmarked so you can choose the best seat possible for your next flight in American Airlines economy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between basic economy and economy on american airlines.

The difference does not lie in the physical seat, but rather in the fare. Basic Economy tickets may not be able to be changed or refunded and don’t come with advanced seat assignments.

Is Main Cabin better than economy?

On American Airlines, “Main Cabin” is synonymous with economy class.

What is the difference between Main Cabin and Premium Economy on American Airlines?

American’s Main Cabin seats are traditional economy seats, typically tight with limited legroom, while Premium Economy seats are more reminiscent of domestic first class seats, with extra legroom, more recline, and a footrest. Keep in mind, though, that Premium Economy seats can only be found on wide-body aircraft.

What are the best seats on American Airlines?

This varies by aircraft type, but in general, the best seats to select are Main Cabin Extra or exit row seats, as they have the most legroom in economy.

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Seat map Boeing 787-9 “American Airlines”. Best seats in the plane

American Airlines have 22 aircrafts planes of this type.

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Boeing 787-9 is the latest airplane that has supplemented the fleet of American Airlines.

This airplane may transport 285 passengers in three classes: business, premium economy and economy. American Airlines also separates main cabin extra type of seats.

First 8 rows are the seats of business class. There are totally 21 seats here. Close location of the galleys will cause discomfort to passengers of the seats of the 1st row, 7DH, 8A and 8L . Lack of floor storage during take-off and landing is another disadvantage of the seats of the 1st row .

Behind the exit row 21 seats of premium economy class are located. There are 3 rows of seats here that have 2-3-2 configuration. The noise from the galley and lavatory located in front may represent a problem for passengers of the seats of the 9th row . Also these seats have no floor storage during take-off and landing.

Next 3 rows contain seats of main cabin extra type. There are totally 27 seats here. The only disadvantage of the seats of the 12th row is lack of floor storage during take-off and landing.

Behind the seats of the main cabin extra type 75 economy class seats are located. Passengers tend to gather in the area of the seats 22ABC, 22D, 22H, 22JKL and 23DEH in order to visit lavatories causing discomfort to passengers of these seats. Also the seats 23DEH are less reclining than standard.

Behind the lavatories, galley and exit row one row of main cabin extra type is located. These seats have 3-3-3 configuration. Location of the galley and lavatories in front of the seats of the 24th row and lack of floor storage during take-off and landing are the disadvantages of these seats.

The last 15 rows of the airplane contain the seats of economy class. Most of these seats are standard. Lavatory and galleys located nearby are the main disadvantage of the seats 37D, 37H, 38D and 38H . This disadvantage in addition to limited recline makes the seats 37ABC, 37JKL and 39DEH bad seats.

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American airlines boeing 787 business class: what to expect on board.

The carrier's latest premium product has a lot to offer.

  • American Airlines is upgrading its Boeing 787 business class with its new Flagship Business product.
  • Business class passengers receive priority check-in, access to lounges, and early boarding.
  • American's future plans include sliding doors for individual suites and the option for passengers to dine with a fellow traveler.

American Airlines has long held its Boeing 777-300ERs as the flagships of its premium product offerings, with only these jets equipped with the carrier's Flagship First cabin. Nonetheless, as the carrier's widebody fleet continues to diversify, the Boeing 787 has increasingly become more and more prominent.

Deployed on routes such as Brisbane Airport (BNE) to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), the Dreamliner has a lot to bring to the table. The carrier's new 787-9s, of which 30 remain on order from manufacturer Boeing, will be upgraded with the airline's new Flagship Business product .

A bird's eye view of a few American Airlines Flagship Business Class Seats.

Whether flying a brand-new business class suite or the standard business class offering currently available on most of American's widebodies, the cabin undeniably offers much to the carrier's premium travelers. In this article, we will take a deeper look at all that the airline's 787 business class brings to the table.

Pre-departure experience

American's elevated experience for business class passengers begins far before the flight takes off at the check-in counter. Passengers in Flagship Business are entitled to two free checked bags and can check in through a priority lane.

Inside the American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge at DCA Airport.

After passing through security, Flagship Business passengers dine and relax at American's Admirals Club and Flagship Lounges, both of which can be accessed on the day of travel at both departing and connecting airports. Under some circumstances where an airport does not have either of these facilities, American business class passengers will be invited to a partner airline's lounge.

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Boeing 787 business class passengers will also be given the opportunity to board early. Flagship Business passengers board in group 1, allowing them to be the first to take their seats and settle in before the journey ahead.

Inflight product

American's newest business class seat is equipped on both the carrier's 787-8 and 787-9 aircraft. The Collins Aerospace Super Diamond seat comes in a 1-2-1 forward-facing reverse herringbone configuration and is highly praised by industry critics for offering impressive amounts of storage.

Inside American Airlines' Flagship Business Class cabin.

This seat has been described by outlets like Nerd Wallet as among the most comfortable in the sky. The seat offers a fully lie-flat bed, includes a sizeable inflight entertainment screen, and, on newer planes, a privacy screen has been installed between the two middle seats.

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That said, the product has some offerings that make it less competitive with other business-class seats on the market. Chiefly, the footwell on the seat is smaller than competitors' seats, mainly due to the tray table stored directly above it.

Business Insider recently took a look at the future of American's long-haul Flagship Business product, a newly revamped cabin that will soon be deployed across the airline's entire lineup of widebody jets. As it slowly becomes the industry standard, the new cabin will include sliding doors facilitating complete privacy within individual suites.

Inside American Airlines' New Flagship Business Class Cabin.

Additionally, the new cabin will include the opportunity for passengers to join a fellow traveler in their suite for a meal, something that will be exciting for travel-prone couples. This new cabin will be installed on the airline's new 787-9 jets and will eventually be retrofitted on all widebody jets operated by American.

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Every American Airlines premium seat ranked from best to worst

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American Airlines has invested heavily in its premium-cabin products over the past few years, from eliminating angle-flat seats in business class to installing premium economy on 124 aircraft in its international fleet.

However, not all of AA's recent changes have been good. AA's Project Oasis has ripped out comfortable domestic first-class seats with inflight entertainment screens and installed slimmer seats that lack IFE screens. The feedback has been so bad that the airline is having to re-retrofit at least 71 aircraft .

In addition, AA went through a cost-cutting phase a few years ago that left international Flagship Business-class seats without built-in inflight entertainment screens. Although the flight attendants will hand out tablets loaded with entertainment , that's clearly not the same experience.

With all these changes, not all American Airlines premium-cabin experiences are created equally. There are 13 different versions of premium seats found on AA's current fleet of 938 aircraft. Let's break down which ones are the best and which you'll want to avoid.

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1. Flagship business class on the 777-300ER

Seat Design: Safran Cirrus (formerly Zodiac Cirrus)

Most American Airlines passengers agree: The best seat AA offers can be found on its Boeing 777-300 in business class. Yes, it's even better than in first class on the same aircraft. The seats recline into a comfortable lie-flat bed, are all forward-facing and provide just the right amount of privacy. If you're traveling with a special someone, the center seats work well for couples . Additionally, there is a decent amount of personal storage space, and the inflight entertainment screen telescopes and is bright and large.

Review: American Airlines 777-300ER business class from New York to London

Where to find it: You'll find these seats on American Airlines' flagship routes, such as:

  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Sao Paulo (GRU), Hong Kong (HKG) and London Heathrow (LHR)
  • New York-JFK to Sao Paulo and London Heathrow
  • Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong, Tokyo Haneda (HND) and London Heathrow
  • Miami (MIA) to Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE), Sao Paulo and London Heathrow
  • Domestically between Miami and Los Angeles

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2. Flagship first class on the 777-300ER

Seat Design: Safran Flagship First

One might assume that first class would rank higher than business class, but many AA flyers I've spoken with prefer the business-class seat on AA's 777-300ER to the first-class seat. That said, the first-class seat is still great. With only eight seats in the whole cabin, American Airlines' first class can feel intimate, and the seat has a unique feature that lets you swivel the seat to face the window to create a mini-office. On the downside, the seat itself lacks privacy and storage.

Review: American Airlines 777-300ER first class from Los Angeles to Hong Kong

  • Dallas/Fort Worth to Sao Paulo, Hong Kong and London Heathrow
  • Los Angeles to Hong Kong, Tokyo Haneda and London Heathrow
  • Miami to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and London Heathrow

3. Flagship business class on the 787-9 and some 777-200s

Seat Design: Rockwell Collins Super Diamond (formerly B/E Aerospace Super Diamond)

A close third are the seats found on AA's Boeing 787-9 as well as on some of its refurbished Boeing 777-200s . Like the business-class seats on the 777-300ER, these seats are comfortable and provide ample storage. The seat shells and cabin layout make these seats feel especially private. But there are a couple of downsides that keep these seats from taking top prize: The position of the recessed tray table makes it tight for side-sleepers and the IFE monitor doesn't swivel, making it difficult to watch a movie while you're fully reclined.

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Where to find it: American Airlines operates the Boeing 787-9 on the following routes:

  • Dallas/Fort Worth to Cancun (CUN), Dublin (DUB), Seoul (ICN), Madrid (MAD), Paris (CDG) and Shanghai (PVG)
  • Los Angeles to Auckland (AKL), Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Tokyo Haneda and Narita (NRT), Beijing (PEK), Shanghai and Sydney (SYD)
  • Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Cancun and London Heathrow
  • Domestically between Chicago O'Hare, Dallas and Los Angeles and between Dallas and Honolulu (HNL)

AA has two different versions of the 777-200 that have identical seat maps, so you can't rely on getting the Rockwell Collins Super Diamond on any specific route.

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4. Flagship first class on the A321T

Although it's very similar to the business-class seat that you'll find on the 777-300ER, there are some notable differences that knock AA's A321T first-class seat down the list. Whether or not it's actually a smaller space, the seat feels a lot more cramped, both sitting up and lying down. There are storage shelves, but there's no mini-locker to secure items.

Where to find it: You'll find these seats on American Airlines' flagship domestic routes:

  • Between New York-JFK to Los Angeles, San Francisco (SFO) and Boston (BOS)
  • Between Boston and Los Angeles
  • Temporarily between Los Angeles and Miami

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5. Flagship business class on the A330

Seat Design: Safran Cirrus (formerly Zodiac Cirrus or "Envoy Suite")

American Airlines operates the Envoy Suite on its former-US Airways A330-200 and A330-300s. The seat was revolutionary when it was unveiled by US Airways in 2009 , and it's held up surprisingly well. This seat was the basis for what would become Zodiac's Cirrus seat, which you'll find on AA's 777-300ER business class and A321T first. However, it's clearly a few seat generations older. But there are still unique perks on the AA A330 aircraft with these seats, like a coffee machine capable of making a legit cappuccino or latte.

Where to find it: True to its roots, these aircraft fly many routes out of old US Airways hubs — including:

  • Charlotte (CLT) to Barcelona (BCN), Dublin, Frankfurt (FRA), London Heathrow, Madrid, Munich (MUC), Paris and Rome (FCO)
  • Philadelphia (PHL) to Athens (ATH), Barcelona, Dublin, London Heathrow, Madrid, Paris, Prague (PRG), Rome and Venice (VCE)
  • Caribbean : Charlotte to Cancun , Punta Cana (PUJ) and San Juan (SJU); Philadelphia to Cancun, San Juan and Montego Bay (MBJ)
  • Domestically : between Philadelphia and Boston, Charlotte, Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles, Orlando (MCO), Phoenix (PHX) and San Francisco ; between Charlotte and Las Vegas, Orlando, Philadelphia and Phoenix; between Phoenix and Charlotte and Honolulu

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6. Flagship business class on the 787-8 and some 777-200s

Seat Design: Safran Concept D (formerly Zodiac Concept D)

American Airlines flyers have a lot of opinions on this seat and most of them aren't great. On the positive side: The seats are arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration that allows all seats aisle access. The seat lies completely flat. There's a large inflight entertainment screen. And there's plenty of privacy. That's enough for some AA passengers to really like these seats.

But we have to point out the flaws here. These seats are arranged in forward- and rear-facing pairs with the seats physically attached, and these connected seats are known to physically rock. So when your attached-seatmate gets up or even rolls over, you're probably going to feel it. That critical bug has lost me hours of sleep when flying internationally. Also, these seats are especially narrow. That, combined with the high privacy walls, have earned these seats the nickname "coffin class."

Review: American Airlines 787-8 business class from Los Angeles to Shanghai

Where to find it: American Airlines operates the Boeing 787-8 on the following routes:

  • Chicago to Athens, Barcelona, Dublin, London Heathrow, Paris, Rome, Tokyo Narita and Venice
  • Dallas/Fort Worth to Beijing, Buenos Aires, Frankfurt, Madrid, Munich, Paris and Santiago, Chile (SCL)
  • Los Angeles to Beijing and Tokyo Narita
  • Philadelphia to Amsterdam, Manchester and Zurich
  • Caribbean : Dallas and Chicago to Cancun
  • Domestically : between Dallas and Chicago, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix and San Francisco; between Chicago and Honolulu, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Phoenix and San Francisco; between Philadelphia and Los Angeles

AA has two different versions of the 777-200 that have identical seat maps, so you can't be sure if you'll get the better Rockwell Collins Super Diamond or the not-as-nice Concept D.

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7. Flagship business class on A321T

Seat Design: Rockwell Collins Diamond (formerly B/E Aerospace Diamond)

As we descend the rankings, these business-class seats lose an element critical to many business-class travelers: aisle access for all seats. The best of these seats in AA's fleet are the Rockwell Collins Diamonds (not to be confused with the much better Rockwell Collins Super Diamond seats).

AA has multiple versions of the Diamond seats, but the best is found on its premium A321T domestic transcontinental aircraft. The 20 lie-flat, business-class seats on this aircraft earned AA the #2 spot for domestic business class at the inaugural TPG Awards — outscoring both United and Delta , but falling short of JetBlue .

Review: American Airlines A321T business class from Boston to Los Angeles

  • Between New York-JFK to Los Angeles , San Francisco and Boston

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8. Flagship business class on the 767-300

Seat Design: Thompson Vantage

The positives: The all-aisle-access seats lie flat and there's a universal power outlet. However, the seats offer practically no privacy, the reclined seats feel very close to the floor and there's no built-in personal inflight entertainment system.

On international flights, flight attendants will hand out tablets after takeoff and collect them before landing, leaving passengers for up to two hours without IFE systems (so pack your own if that matters to you). The tablets' limited storage means there are two-thirds fewer entertainment options than on AA's other aircraft. Although we are focusing on seats, AA's 767 aircraft have had especially poor operational performance, likely because the average age of these planes exceeds 20 years.

Where to find it: American Airlines 767s are currently scheduled to operate on the following routes:

  • Miami to Guayaquil (GYE), Lima (LIM), Montevideo (MVD)
  • Philadelphia to Amsterdam (AMS), Berlin Tegel (TXL), Budapest (BUD), Lisbon (LIS), Manchester and Zurich
  • Caribbean : both Miami and Philadelphia to Cancun, Punta Cana and San Juan (SJU); Philadelphia to Sint Maarten (SXM)
  • Domestically between Dallas and Miami and Kahului, Maui (OGG); between Miami and Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, New York-JFK, Philadelphia and San Francisco; between Philadelphia and Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco

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9. Flagship business class on the 757 international fleet

These seats are almost identical to the Rockwell Collins Diamond you'll find in business class on AA's A321T. However, there's a notable difference: no built-in inflight entertainment screen. As with AA's 767 aircraft, flight attendants will hand out tablets with entertainment choices. In addition to not having these during taxi, takeoff and landing, these tablets are much smaller and have far fewer entertainment options than the built-in systems.

Not having aisle access is fine on a domestic flight, but AA is operating these aircraft on overnight flights between the U.S. and Europe, meaning you or your seatmate may be sleeping when the other needs to use the restroom .

Note that not all American Airlines 757 aircraft have these seats. Of the 34 Boeing 757s in American Airlines' fleet, 24 have them. The other 10 have standard domestic first-class recliner seats and are used for flights between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii.

Review: American Airlines 757 business class from Philadelphia to Amsterdam

Where to find it: For international routes, the 757-200 flies between:

  • Dallas/Fort Worth to Anchorage (ANC), Lima, Reykjavik (KEF)
  • Miami to Brasilia (BSB), Lima, Quito (UIO), Santa Cruz (VVI)
  • Philadelphia to Edinburgh (EDI) and Shannon (SNN)

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10. Domestic first class — legacy American Airlines

Seat Design: Safran 6850

Excluding the A321T and international aircraft operating domestic routes , my favorite American Airlines traditional domestic first-class option is on legacy American Airlines aircraft like the 737-800. These seats are well-padded, provide a universal power outlet and have a large and crisp inflight entertainment screen.

But this product is endangered. After taking a break to deal with safety issues, American Airlines restarted Project Oasis in September 2019 . That name for the project seems ironic as American plans to rip out these comfortable seats and replace them with less-padded seats without inflight entertainment screens, a clear downgrade.

Review: American Airlines A321 first class from Chicago to Miami Review: American Airlines 737 first class from Boston to Los Angeles

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11. International premium economy

Seat Design: Rockwell Collins MiQ

In October 2016, American Airlines' first true premium-economy seats took to the skies aboard its Boeing 787-9 aircraft. Since then, AA has retrofit more than 100 widebody aircraft with this new cabin, which required ripping out some business-class seats . The resulting seats don't have the most padding, but they're a notable improvement from economy. The seats have a solid 38 inches of pitch, allowing a generous recline. The well-designed seats have a built-in storage well with universal power outlet, and the seatbacks have a large, crisp inflight entertainment screen. And if you get a seat at the bulkhead, there's a leg rest that extends from below your seat.

Review: American Airlines 777 premium economy from New York to London

Where to find it: You'll find premium-economy seating on all American Airlines Airbus A330-200 (15), Boeing 777-200 (47), 777-300ER (20), 787-8 (20) and 787-9 (22) aircraft. While mostly found on international routes, these aircraft are also found on select domestic routes . On most of these routes, the premium-economy section isn't being sold as a separate cabin but as part of AA's extra-legroom Main Cabin Extra product.

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12. New domestic first class

Those same seats that you'll find labeled as American Airlines premium economy are also found flying as domestic first class on AA's Boeing 737 MAX , Airbus A321neo and Project Oasis 737 and A321 aircraft. Although labeled as first class, these seats are a step down from the premium-economy product as they have less legroom and there's no built-in inflight entertainment screen. Even on long routes, AA isn't providing IFE tablets on these aircraft. If you don't have your own device or bring printed materials, you don't get any entertainment. That's not very first class.

Review: American Airlines A321neo first class from Orlando to Phoenix Review: American Airlines 737 MAX first class from New York LaGuardia to Miami

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13. Domestic first class — legacy US Airways

Seat Design: Rockwell Collins Spectrum First or Millennium

Last, and certainly least among the American Airlines premium seats, is first class on former US Airways aircraft. These planes have been integrated into American Airlines' fleet in name only. I wrote in April 2017 about the relative misery of flying on these aircraft . And while AA has invested considerable amounts in its lounges, Wi-Fi and premium economy, these aircraft have only gotten new seat covers and carpet.

The first-class product on these aircraft is embarrassingly bad for first class — lacking power outlets, inflight entertainment, legroom and overhead storage space. These are the only aircraft in AA's domestic fleet that will benefit from Project Oasis modifications. Those retrofits began again in September 2019 .

Bottom line

American Airlines' premium-cabin seats range from excellent to pretty miserable as far as first class goes, with plenty of steps in between. If you're looking for a top-notch seat, you'll want to stick to business and first class on American Airlines Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft. The A330s are aging but still offer a solid business-class product.

Although they're fine for a domestic flight, the 757s and 767s fall short of a best-in-class international business-class product. Flying domestically, the A321T offers some of the best domestic premium-cabin products in the sky.

The legacy American Airlines first-class seat is the best of the recliner seats, followed by American Airlines' true premium economy seats. Near the bottom, you'll find the new Project Oasis retrofits, the Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A321neo. At the very bottom are the old US Airways first-class seats, which are the only ones that will benefit from an Oasis retrofit.

Related reading:

  • Every United business-class seat ranked
  • Every Delta premium seat Ranked
  • Best business-class cabins in the sky
  • How to book the best seats in the sky

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