In an effort to create the most comfortable and innovative in-flight experience, American Airlines is planning to redesign the interior of its Boeing 787-9 and A321XLR fleets to create a more relaxing environment for passengers. The plan includes the following changes:

American Airlines and Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner are transforming the way airlines do business. Working together, they’ve developed a new generation of planes that can fly longer distances, take advantage of new technologies, and provide more luxury and comfort. The 787-9 is the first version of the Dreamliner that will fly long-haul routes.

American Airlines’ new A321XLR and 787-9 planes will have higher ceilings than their current generation of jets, which is great news for passengers. There are also a number of features that will be introduced on the new planes, with the first of these expected to be its in-cabin Wi-Fi service, which will be made possible through the new wireless technology that the new planes will use.



The new A321XLR and Boeing 787-9 cabins are being designed by American Airlines.

on July 19, 2021 by Gary Leff

American Airlines is presently designing the interiors of the brand new Airbus A321XLR and Boeing 787-9 aircraft it has purchased, and some previously unconfirmed features have now been verified.

American Airlines President Robert Isom discussed the considerations in constructing an aircraft between packing in more people and providing cabin staff adequate room to work during an employee question and answer session last week. A flight attendant inquired about the Airbus A321’s lack of space between passengers while sitting, implying that it might be hazardous in an emergency.

The present Airbus A321 and Boeing 737 layouts are set – we’re stuck with them – but the next aircraft they build may be better, according to Isom.

Isom clarified,

Boeing and Airbus are two airplane manufacturers that essentially tell you, “This is the real estate you can deal with.” Now, that real estate must be arranged to accommodate passengers, service items, our flight attendants, and, most importantly, safety.

…We built the airplane because, as I said, it’s expensive real estate, and that’s what you sell, so we furnished it in such a manner that we expect to get the best in a variety of locations, so yes, we have to make sacrifices – never on safety – but on how we build the aircraft. Please keep in mind that we only set the number of seats on the aircraft that we believe would best serve our clients.

… That arrangement will be what we have today with the 321s and 737s, and we’ll have to find out how to make it function best. And we have to figure out how to make it function best for people who are becoming bigger and carrying more stuff on board.

In June 2019, American placed an order for 50 Airbus A321XLRs, which will be delivered between 2023 and 2025 and will be used to travel to minor European towns as well as close-in South America. Isom stated that the narrowbody plane’s cabin is currently being designed, including lie-flat business class and premium economy:

We’ll take that feedback and use it to help design the inside of the 321XLR, which [American] is now doing. Because it will feature a true lie-flat business class section, a true premium economy section, and a smaller coach layout, that aircraft will not be as tightly packed as our present 321s.”

More Boeing 787-9s of the bigger kind are due to be delivered in 2023, according to American. These, too, will receive a new cabin and will not be a rehash of their present offering. The airline’s new business class seat, which is set to debut on this aircraft, has sparked a lot of curiosity.

We’re also in the middle of customizing the 787-9s, which are the next set of deliveries: how many business class seats, what type of business class seats, premium economy sections – how large should they be? What are we talking about in terms of range and capacity? How many different types of ovens do we need? What size should the galleys be? All of that work is going on at the same time.

The good news is that the United States has learnt its lesson. They didn’t bother with a cabin prototype first with the Boeing 737 MAX and the cabin product that’s gone into current Boeing 737s and Airbus A321s, and they made errors.

American’s Chief Operating Officer David Seymour said that instead of simply “tap[ing] it out,” they now model up cabins.

Instead of simply looking at it on paper, which can only show you so much, we began mocking it up in this building. We don’t simply ‘tape it out,’ we do mockups. We really acquire the seats, and if we can’t get the genuine ones, we construct replica overhead bins. We study the galley parts to get a better understanding. Because one of the issues you have is that although it seems to be a wonderful idea on paper, the transition from one class to the next produces a very unsightly jaunt that is almost difficult to navigate with a cart. As a result, we’re engaging them in this process.

A really premium narrowbody and a new widebody are both very intriguing – and maybe, this time, by actually constructing a prototype, they won’t screw it up like they did with the Boeing 737s and Airbus A321s, which we now “have to find out how to make […] function best.”

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