In May 2016, American Airlines launched their new Super Diamond design for its long haul Business Class cabin. These new seats will be installed in the upcoming Boeing Dreamliners and the Airbus A350 that American has on order as well as being retrofitted on their Boeing 777-200s.
The new Super Diamond outward-facing herringbone seats will replace the unpopular Zodiac Aerospace forward/backwards herringbone, currently installed on the Boeing 787 and refitted Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.
Each business class seat will recline into a fully flat position instead of the dated angled partially lie flat design, which is still installed in many of American’s international fleet. The Super Diamond seats offer better sleeping space as well as aisle access and are similar to the popular Cathay Pacific seat. The upcoming Super Diamond seat will be installed on the American Airlines 787-9 and A350 and will make existing 777-200ER and 787-8 planes, the ones to avoid on American Airlines.
B/E will be fitting all classes on the American Airlines Airbus A350, including an exciting new American Airlines Premium Economy which will also be rolled out on American’s 777, 787, A330 and A350 fleets.
When passengers will be able to travel in the new business class seats depends on when American Airlines gets its aircraft deliveries. Last year, American delayed the delivery of five of its 787 aircraft, opting to receive four of its units in 2017 over 2016. From this year through 2018, the airline should receive an additional 27 aircraft. Additionally, American expects to receive 22 Airbus A350s in 2017. 777-200 retrofits will also be ongoing although it is not clear when only the new seats will be fitted.
American Airlines have just launched a new Business and First Class amenity kit but it is not noteworthy when compared to the best airline amenity kits.
You can read more of my Business and First Class airline reviews including a review of the current American Airlines Business Class, my review of the best new Business Class Suites on Delta, United and American Airlines and my top 10 Best Business Class airlines for long haul travel.