AA begins major inflight upgrade project

American Airlines
has begun installing new personal video and audio entertainment devices for its
Business Class cabins on Boeing 767-300 aircraft.This is 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(R) QuietComfort(R) 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling(R)
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.