So all the buzz has been about American Airlines launching a new Business class product with a 1-2-1 business product which admittedly, does look lovely.
However, like everything there is a sting in the tail – enough for me to avoid these birds if I ever fly American Airlines.
And it’s down the back.
Ignoring the obvious of a very nice IFE screen, power at seat, lets look at the downsides.
Firstly, we’re in Slimline Seating Hell. And I’m not a fan of slimline seats to say the least because if you’ve been walking all day, there isn’t much pad to support the back… or backside for that matter.
The second (and more worrying part) is the seating configuration, with this is the middle row. Count the seats.
That’s right: 4 seats, Bringing the seating configuration in Economy to 3-4-3.
Now I have big thing against 3-4-3 in a 777 configuration as it makes the plane as tight as hell. Isles have to shrink and lets face it – seats have to as well. Combined with a usual 31″ seat pitch all I can say is this.
I know it’s Bankruptcy season at AA, but 3-4-3 is just cramming people in for the sake of a few extra bucks.
Other users of 3-4-3 in a Boeing 777-300ER inculde Air New Zealand, Emirates and Air France, and whilst they may be commercially viable, lets put it like this: I’d choose another option where possible.