Sit Back, Recline and Relax: American Airlines Offers More Premium Economy Seats than Any Other US Carrier

Wednesday, August 07, 2019, 9:00 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines was the first U.S. airline to introduce the Premium Economy experience three years ago, and once again it is leading the industry by being the first U.S. airline to finish installing Premium Economy seats on its widebody fleet. Customers who choose American have access to 3,025 Premium Economy seats — more than the other U.S. carriers combined.

Located between Flagship Business and Main Cabin on long-haul international flights and behind Flagship First on select flights to Hawaii and Alaska, Premium Economy is available on American’s 124 Boeing 787s and 777s and Airbus A330-200s. Premium Economy guests have more legroom, wider seats, extra recline, extendable foot rests and an elevated onboard dining experience compared to Main Cabin.

When traveling in Premium Economy, customers can relax with a Casper day blanket and lumbar pillow, enjoy a premium amenity kit and a chef-inspired meal with wines selected by master sommelier Bobby Stuckey. On the ground, customers receive two free checked bags and priority benefits when checking in, going through security and boarding.

“Premium Economy is the perfect complement to the many travel experiences we offer, providing customers with even more options when flying,” said Janelle Anderson, Vice President of Global Marketing for American. “As the first U.S. airline to introduce Premium Economy, we continue to invest in new ways to ensure customers’ time with American is well spent, like high-speed Wi-Fi, live TV, new amenities on the ground and more.”

American launched Premium Economy awards earlier this year, giving AAdvantage® members more ways to use their miles. In addition, American was recognized in April as the top North American carrier for best Premium Economy product in the 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for airlines. The award is based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings by TripAdvisor flyers gathered over a 12-month period.

The number of Premium Economy seats will continue to increase next year, by more than 10%, as American takes delivery of 12 new 787-8s.

About American Airlines Group
American Airlines offers customers 6,800 daily flights to more than 365 destinations in 61 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. With a shared purpose of caring for people on life’s journey, American’s 130,000 global team members serve more than 200 million customers annually. Since 2013, American has invested more than $28 billion in its product and people and now flies the youngest fleet among U.S. network carriers, equipped with industry-leading high-speed Wi-Fi, lie-flat seats, and more inflight entertainment and access to power. American also has enhanced food and beverage options in the air and on the ground in its world-class Admirals Club and Flagship lounges. American was recently named a Five Star Global Airline by the Airline Passenger Experience Association and Airline of the Year by Air Transport World. American is a founding member of oneworld®, whose members serve 1,100 destinations in 180 countries and territories. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL and the company’s stock is included in the S&P 500. Learn more about what’s happening at American by visiting and connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at