American Airlines Ditching First Class

  • “The first class will not exist on the 777 or, for that matter, at American Airlines for the simple reason that our customers aren’t buying it,” Chief Commercial Officer Vasu Raja said during an earnings call Thursday.
  • In September, American unveiled new suites and premium seating available on upcoming Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A321XLR aircraft, which are set to debut in 2024.
  • “The quality of the Business Class C has improved so much,” Raja explained on the call. “And frankly, by removing it, we can go provide more business class seats, which is what our customers most want or most willing to pay for.”
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