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The seats will most likely be the brown/tan leather ones shown above. There is a small chance you will get the updated blue seats but don't count on it. the seats are usually worn to an extent but they are wide and comfortable. There is no foot rest and recline. Though not that great by premium class standards, it is adequate.
First (or business on international routes) has three rows of 2-2-2 seating with seats 1A and 1B missing so if that is what your boarding pass says, you aint getting on that plane! Try to avoid the bulkhead seats 2A, 2B, 1D, 1G, 1H and 1J because of the limited room in front of the bulkhead.
If you like window seats, try to get 2J
since it has the best window alignment (2A also but I already told you to avoid it.. remember?) 3A and 3J are not bad but the window is slightly off alignment, though not enough that you will have to twist your neck to look outside.
Individual PTV's? Ha! Yeah right! No my friend, that will not happen, however there are a couple of overhead monitors for your viewing pleasure, though there is really not much worth watching. Just bring a good book and you will be fine.
Service is good, not outstanding for premium class. Expect a pre-takeoff drink in a plastic cup, and warm nuts soon after takeoff. Hot towel service is great. The meal is OK
, not outstanding. Normal stuff, chicken, beef sometimes rice and beans. Salad, fruit and desert too. You do get a real wine glass though, and as much wine/liquor you can consume before you get obnoxious or pass out, whichever comes first. In this day and age, hopefully the latter.
Bathroom is up front near the cockpit so whatever you do not try to open the cockpit door thinking it is the bathroom - then again give it a try and write to tell us what happened to you
All in all, though nothing special as far as premium goes, you should expect decent service. Compared to the cattle-crush in economy since the A300 are high density aircraft (American's A300 carries more pax than their 777) it is well worth the upgrade costs. The 300 is a great aircraft and I suspect most of those people bashing it have never flown in it. The 3 1/2 hour flight should be pleasant. Hope you find this information helpful and have a great trip.