American claims lie-flat seats first

American Airlines is revamping its cabins to provide a three-class service on transcontinental routes in the US.

The carrier claims it will become the first to offer lie-flat seats in first and business class while economy seats will have touchscreen monitors for films and other entertainment.

The revamp comes into force with the delivery of new Airbus A321s from November 2013.

The aircraft will replace American’s existing fleet of Boeing 767-200s flying from New York JFK to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The new fleet will feature in-flight Wi-Fi throughout the aircraft and individual 110-volt universal AC power outlets and USB jacks at every seat.

More legroom and priority boarding will be available with Main Cabin Extra seats on Boeing 737-800s from next month

The new cabins will be incorporated in more then 200 new narrowbody aircraft to be delivered by Airbus and Boeing.

Chief commercial officer Virsab Vahidi said: “We intend to be the only airline to offer a three-class service and the first to offer fully lie-flat first and business class seats on transcontinental flights with our Airbus A321 transcontinental aircraft.

“By using the A321 aircraft with three classes of service and outfitted with fully lie-flat premium class seats, all-aisle access in first class, and state-of-the-art amenities, we will be able to continue providing an industry-leading premium experience on transcontinental routes, while significantly reducing costs through improved fuel efficiency.”

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