American Airlines to Upgrade Boeing 757 Aircraft

American Airlines Maintenance and Engineering department to make upgrades over the next two years on its entire fleet of 124 Boeing 757 aircraft.


FORT WORTH , Texas, April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Airlines today announced plans to make upgrades over the next two years on its entire fleet of 124 Boeing 757 aircraft to include the installation of new seats, newcabin interiors, and updated in-flight entertainment systems throughout the aircraft.

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"American is committed to investing in products and services that make traveling more comfortable and convenient," said Lauri Curtis , American's Vice President -- Onboard Service. "The Boeing 757 aircraft project is our newest effort to enhance our fleet of aircraft, improve the overall customer experience, retain our loyal passengers, and win new travelers."

The 757 enhancements include the installation of two additional First Class seats, which increases the number of First Class seats from 22 to 24 on each aircraft. Other modifications include:

As American Airlines conducts more than 90 percent of its maintenance work in-house at its maintenance bases, in the United States , these aircraft refurbishment projects will be completed by American's highly skilled Maintenance and Engineering department comprised of 14,000 employees, including 12,000 members of the Transport Workers Union (TWU).

In addition to the Boeing 757 aircraft enhancements, which are slated tobegin in 2008, American already has plans in progress to enhance its fleet ofBoeing 777, 767-300s and 767-200 aircraft, all of which were previously announced.

Boeing 777

American's Boeing 777 fleet -- a total of 47 aircraft, which primarily serve routes between the U.S. and locations in the United Kingdom , Japan , China , India and Latin America -- will soon receive the remainder of scheduled upgrades to its First Class and Business Class cabins.

This year, American will begin installing Flagship Suites in the FirstClass cabins of the remaining 777s (20 in total) that do not currently feature that product. Each Flagship Suite transforms into a fully flat 6-foot, 6-inch bed with drop-down armrests which allows for more sleeping space. Additionally, each suite features a swivel seat for face-to-face meetings or dining together, power ports, leather headrests, two large tray tables, in-flight entertainment with audio and video on demand, and other comforts designed to enhance the travel experience.

The 777 Business Class cabin also will receive star treatment that includes new lie-flat seats with drop-down armrests and in-flight entertainment with audio and video on demand. In addition, the new Business Class seat will track forward 10 inches and features interlocking tray tables that create one of the largest workspaces in the industry.

Boeing 767-300

American is currently upgrading the Business Class cabin on its fleet of 58 Boeing 767-300s, an effort that is scheduled for completion by the end of this year. The new, next-generation Business Class features lie-flat seats with drop-down armrests, a personal in-flight entertainment system with audio and video on demand, and ergonomically-designed overhead bins. With five independent motors, the new seat offers customers previously unimaginable flexibility. In addition, the track-forward feature and interlocking tray tables provide customers with greater options for work and in-flight dining.

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