American Airlines began installing new personal video and audio entertainment devices for its Business Class cabins on Boeing 767-300 aircraft on March 15, the most recent step in American’s 767-300 upgrade project, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2007.
“We are continuing to enhance the overall experience for our premium-class passengers,” said Lauri Curtis, American’s Vice President - Onboard Service. “We want to continue to ensure our customers are comfortable when traveling on international or transcontinental flights, whether they are working or enjoying a meal and a movie. By expediting the installation of our new personal entertainment devices in the 767-300 Business Class, we can offer our customers expanded entertainment features sooner than expected, which is an important part of making the travel experience more enjoyable.”
American has 58 767-300s in its fleet. Each aircraft will be equipped with portable entertainment devices that feature a 10.6-inch monitor, which allows Business Class passengers to view programming hands-free or to place the units in the best location given their chosen seat position. Customers also receive Bose® QuietComfort® 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones to complete their audio or video sound experience while onboard the aircraft. The system offers up to 14 feature films, up to 15 hours of pre-loaded television and news programs, 50 music CDs, 10-15 music videos, 14 American Airlines branded audio channels, headline news stories, and a variety of games. Inflight entertainment language options vary by market and aircraft and can include English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German and Italian.
In addition to personal entertainment devices, the next generation Business Class cabin features new, fully adjustable lie-flat seats, interlocking tray tables, the ability to track the seat forward for added privacy, state-of-the-art cabin lighting, and sleek, ergonomically-designed overhead bins.
The Boeing 767-300s are operated on most of the airline’s transatlantic services, as well as on select routes flown with the 767-300 aircraft within the United States and to Latin America. By early summer 2007, American, a founding member of the global oneworld® Alliance, expects to have the new next generation Business Class on all routes between New York and Europe.