It’s a first for American carriers connecting Sydney and Los Angeles, but American Airlines is leading the charge.
The carrier today announced plans to introduce a new aircraft on its trans-Pacific route between Sydney (SYD) and Los Angeles (LAX).
Kicking off from 8 November 2017, American Airlines’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will commence service between Sydney and Los Angeles, replacing the Boeing 777-300ER. This shiny new plane will come equipped with a new Premium Economy class, making it the first US carrier to do so on this route.
Introduced to the American Airlines fleet at the end of 2016, the Boeing 787-9 is American’s newest aircraft type and on top of the new PE cabin, it includes Main Cabin Extra and the latest Business Class suite with all-aisle-access.
American Airlines General Manager Australia and New Zealand Simon Dodd said, “As part of our commitment to providing our customers with a world-class product and travel experience, American Airlines will introduce Premium Economy to the Sydney – Los Angeles route which it has served since December 2015; making it the first U.S. carrier to do so.
“Premium Economy is an increasingly popular option for customers who want an elevated experience on their journey to Los Angeles and beyond.”
Premium Economy offers leather seats with 38 inches of pitch, more legroom, wider seats and expandable foot, leg and head rests. Enhanced meals are served with complimentary wine, beer, and spirits. Premium Economy customers receive amenity kits and noise-reducing headphones and an enhanced pillow and blanket.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner features electrically dimmable windows, larger overhead storage space, a cabin air system that provides improved altitude, humidity levels, and air filtration with reduced noise levels in the cabin.
The Boeing 787-9 has 285 seats in total, 59 seats more than the Boeing 787-8.
The Business Class features fully lie-flat Super Diamond seats with direct aisle access; premium onboard dining with a chef-inspired menu including choices of award-winning wines for food pairing; a Cole Haan-branded amenity kit containing products from C.O. Bigelow, 3Lab and Clark’s Botanicals.
American also offers Business Class customers Bose noise-reducing headphones and large screens so customers can better enjoy the airline’s extensive inflight entertainment options.