American Airlines will shift its Sydney-Los Angeles flights to a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in November 2017.
The advanced jet replaces the larger Boeing 777-300ER and will see first class dropped from the trans-Pacific route, but with the introduction of American Airlines’ new premium economy seating on the Boeing 787 for budget conscious business travellers.
The leather-clad seats have a greater degree of pitch, more legroom than the regular economy and set in three rows of a 2-3-2 configuration, compared to 3-3-3 for standard economy seats. Other features include wider seats and expandable foot, leg and head rests.
Noise reducing headphones and what American Airlines terms “enhanced meals” served with complimentary wine, beer, and spirits and “an enhanced pillow and blanket” all come as part of the service.
The Dreamliner’s first flight will be 8 November from Los Angeles, with a return leg from Sydney on 10 November