American Airlines Premium Economy launched on their Boeing 787-9, which we have reviewed below. You can now book Premium Economy on long-haul flights on an American Airlines Boeing 787-9 or an AA 777, A330, or 787.
American Airlines Premium Economy launched in 2016, and each of the new Boeing 787-9 aircraft has been delivered with Premium Economy seats. American is now retrofitting its current aircraft with premium economy seats. Hence all its 777s, A330s, and 787s now offering Premium Economy seating. This means that you can book an American Airlines Premium Economy seat on most of the American Airlines flights from London Heathrow as well as from Manchester to New York, Los Angeles, etc.
If you now book a long-haul flight on an American Airlines Boeing 787-9 or an AA 777, A330, or 787 to anywhere in the world, you should be able to book into Premium Economy.
Which Is The Best Plane?
The B77W is currently AA’s largest wide-body plane. As of today, AA owns 27 of these planes and operates them on selected routes to and from the United States. American Airline’s B77W has one of the best longhaul AA Business Class products in the world (and is your best choice for a transatlantic crossing).
What Airport And Terminal Does AA Fly From In London?
From London, American Airlines flies out of London Heathrow Terminal 3 (American Airlines planes parked at London Heathrow are pictured above). You do not get lounge access by flying in Premium Economy. This is true for most legacy carriers. Booking Premium Economy gets you a larger seat and better food, but at the airport, the only way to secure lounge access is to pay (or take our a credit card which gives you free lounge access).
What you do get is priority boarding after First and Business Class on American Airlines, which is a marginal benefit but nice nonetheless.
Key Benefits For Flying Premium Eonomy
The facts: 19? seat width (compared to 17 inch in Economy), 38? legroom, 11.5-inch IFE touchscreen, in-seat power supply which can take a US, EU, and UK plug, free drinks, free food.
We like: Slick grey leather look and the extra space when compared to Economy.
We don’t like: The very average legroom and disappointing recline.
There are a variety of American Airlines Business Class cabins on American Airlines aircraft, but the carrier has been pretty consistent with its premium economy seating. With the main differentiator being a 2-3-2 vs. 2-4-2 cabin. This makes the best seats for couples undoubtedly the window duos of two seats.
The 3 or 4 in the middle are the worst seats in the cabin because you have 2 center seats and passengers in these center seats need to climb over their neighbor to stretch their legs or use the bathroom. This is a major disadvantage for all passengers seated in the middle (including aisle seats) as you will either need to climb over someone to get our or you will be climbed over or will have to move to allow the middle people to exit their seats.
Premium Economy on American airlines is located behind the Business Class section.
The very worst seats in the cabin are the back middle seats as, more often than not, the meal choice runs out halfway up the cabin, and you are stuck with the less popular choice, so it is wise to sit as far forward as possible.
What food Will I Get?
Expect your transatlantic Premium Economy meal to be something like the one that I experienced: A salad of seasonal greens starter and coconut curry chicken, steamed rice and vegetables or tomato and mozzarella Fiorelli pasta with leek sauce, pickled peppers, Grana Padano cheese. I went for the chicken curry, which was pleasant. The Fiorelli pasta looked overly cheesy to me. Dessert was apple crumble, cream, and blueberries.
You could also have soft drinks, beer, wine (red & white).
90 minutes before landing, there was a second meal; a Mediterranean salad with sautéed asparagus, roasted aubergine, roasted bell peppers, fusilli pasta. The pudding was chocolate and salted caramel.
In this trip report, we review our flight on an American Airlines B777-300ER in Premium Economy from London Heathrow to New York. You can also read my other Premium Economy flight reviews on American Airlines. Read More.
When flying on American Airlines, is it worth paying to upgrade to Premium Economy from Coach seats on long-haul flights? Read More.
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Note: Benefits offered correct at the time of writing but may be amended at discretion of the vendor.