US-bound travel from Australia just got a big boost, with the announcement by American Airlines that it will begin flying its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner between Sydney and Los Angeles, as well introduce its new Premium Economy class on the route.
Replacing the current B777-300ER aircraft, the enhanced service will commence on 8 November 2017, and will also feature American’s Main Cabin Extra and its latest Business Class suite.
AA’s newest aircraft type, which was rolled out late last year, boasts electronically dimmable windows, larger overheads, reduced noise levels, and improved altitude and humidity levels.
American Airlines Australia and NZ general manager Simon Dodd said that with the service, AA would become the first US carrier to bring a Premium Economy cabin down under.
“Premium Economy is an increasingly popular option for customers who want an elevated experience on their journey to Los Angeles and beyond,” he said.
American’s Premium Economy cabin features a leather seat that offers more legroom (38-inch pitch), width and expandable foot, leg and headrest as well as upgraded meals, amenity kits, noise-reducing headphones and an enhanced pillow and blanket.
The carrier’s new Business Class features all-aisle access lie-flat seats, and bells and whistles like premium food and wine pairings, Cole Haan-branded amenity kits and BOSE headphones.