American Airlines has announced it will be undertaking extensive revamp of its aircrafts fleet and introduce a series of new amenities for its customers. These amenities among others include in-flight text messaging and new beddings. The airline in a statement said that it will start offering new beddings and pyjamas to its customers traveling on business class flights to long-haul transcontinental and international destinations. The offerings will however vary depending on routes, and include slippers, lumbar pillow, day blanket, pillow, duvet and mattress pad. The customers in first class and premium economy cabins will also be offered new amenities, which the airline will be rolling out starting December this year.
Media reports said that American Airlines will be offering complimentary in-flight text messaging as well, on the similar lines of its rival Delta Air Lines recently. The airline is yet to confirm the date of rollout. The reports further stated that American Airlines has also decided to revamp its narrowbody fleet, which has already started. The airline, which currently owns an impressive fleet of above 550 narrowbody aircrafts fleet, has said that the fleet modernization plan would be the largest ever in the aviation history.
Robert Isom, President of American Airlines, said, “Our company will be deploying its first Boeing 737 Max aircraft into service early 2018. The seats would be more comfortable and thinner. The aircraft will offer many amenities such as larger bins, in-seat power, satellite Wi-Fi, new interiors and a world-class library offering a wide selection of shows, videos and content.” Isom also revealed that the Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircrafts in American Airlines and US Airways’ fleets will now have common seating configurations, which was different so far.
Meanwhile, American Airlines in a statement said that it will be updating its Boeing 737-800 aircrafts with new interiors so that it appropriately resembles the new Boeing 737 Max aircrafts. The configuration onB737-800 aircrafts is also going to be changed so that the advantage of newer, thinner seats is going to be fully made use of. With the new seat configuration, the Boeing 737-800 aircrafts will have an additional 12 seats.