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AA's "new" Economy?

Wed Feb 14, 2001 12:42 am

Hi i was just wondering if anyone has tried AA's economy class with MORE space? i've heard that there's between 32-36" pitch. Why such a large veriation? I have travelled with AA once from Heathrow - JFK and back out on a A300 and back on 767. And i must say that it was proberley the worst flights i've ever had! I've had more room on JAL domestic! (not exactly but too close!)  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
So whats it like with more space? Did you notice it?
Let me know as i'm planning a trip from London - Los Angeles and i'm wondering about AA.
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RE: AA's "new" Economy?

Wed Feb 14, 2001 12:54 am

Nothing special.... Trust me I took AA from LHR-MIA... and It wasn't much better if at all. The trip was pretty crappy... I'd take UAL or Virgin... I've flown them heaps from LHR-LAX... They have far better service and room... crew was nicer too. My thoughts anywayz Smile

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RE: AA's "new" Economy?

Wed Feb 14, 2001 1:26 am

It was really kind of wierd. This December I flew SAN-ORD-BRU and CDG-ORD-SAN on AA. The change in seat pitch is VERY noticeable on the domestic almost feels like you are sitting in first class compared to before. On the international flights however, both on 763s, I am not quite sure if AA had converted the planes I was flying on yet. It kind of felt like I had 33' of pitch instead of 35' or 31-32'. But it was still comfortable.

Compared to BA however, I think I would prefer them to AA. But that's probably just because I have flown AA more than BA.
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May Not Be Changed At All...

Wed Feb 14, 2001 1:34 am

They advertise it as "100% of our two-class fleet has more room throughout coach"- which sounds, by implication, like "if you're flying international, scrunch up like always.

Although my experience flying from Paris to DFW on AA 767 was quite good, almost good enough to offset the living hell that was the flight over from ORD-Paris (before no-smoking, sat next to a chain-smoking Frenchman, never seen such a thing!).
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RE: May Not Be Changed At All...

Wed Feb 14, 2001 2:53 am

The problem I noticed in this topic is that most of these flights are on either 763 or A300. And unfortunetly only 100% of the narrowbody (al'la MD-83,752,738,F100, and some of the Domstic 762) are totally complete with the more room thru coach. It's taking a little longer on the 777,763, and the rest of the 762 because they also are reconfiguring 1st and Business at the same time. Hopefully before the end of the year All our AC with bhave the new seating configuration.
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RE: AA's "new" Economy?

Wed Feb 14, 2001 8:05 am

Geez...whats taking A'A so long to do their seat conversions. UA had economy plus done within a few months, and now about 1/3 of the international fleet has gone through re-configuration.

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Wed Feb 14, 2001 8:12 am

I think it's kinda obvious There trying to get as much money out of the seats they have to remove before they take them out!
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Yes! More Room Thru Coach!

Wed Feb 14, 2001 9:02 am

Oh I just flew on American this past week and I really did feel the added legroom in coach. I flew on a 727 from Newark to DFW and the aircraft was completely refurbished, it had the new dark blue seats and the walls around the windows were replaced with the newer ones (white walls instead of those old brown walls dating from the 70's), I felt like I was flying on a brand new aircraft that had just come out of the factory !!! In economy class, I felt almost as comfortable as in first class, I could easily take my shoes off and stretch my legs!
The are two things I'm impressed about American's 727's: the new interiors with the added legroom, and the quiet sound of the engines at take off (I was seated in row 13)
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RE: AA's

Wed Feb 14, 2001 4:41 pm

I LIKE American's "more room throughout coach". THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE IN COMFORT. Granted there is some variation in with the various aircraft types, but over-all, American's coach is FAR MORE COMFORTABLE than United Economy. If I had to fly a US major, it will be on American.
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RE: AA's

Wed Feb 14, 2001 4:49 pm

I flew AA in December/January from Zurich to DFW and back on a 777 and there was more room in coach. The pitch was about 33" if I had to guess. By contrast, I've flown BA from London to the U.S. and it's almost worse than Southwest - about a 30" pitch. The seatback video might as well have been a visor. Lufthansa, which for years was much better, is now also reduced pitch. Some friends of mine recently flew Sabena and said it, too, was really tight.

I'd say if you're flying Trans-Atlantic economy, AA has given you a reason to choose them over the competition. I'd fly them again if I had a choice.

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RE: AA's

Thu Feb 15, 2001 4:13 am

AA has all of its domestic flights with more room,
and a couple of more months international will be too.
u cant compare ba with aa in first because ba is for more better. but in coach AA is the place to be on
long flights, no other airline has the leg room they have
not even ua. ua has just 5 rows of seats in coach that have more space, AA has all its coach cabin with room!
if u are going in coach AA is the place to be, virgin is the top dog when it comes to first class pampering.

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RE: AA's "new" Economy?

Thu Feb 15, 2001 5:56 am

My father and sister have flown AA's MRTC aircraft and both have said that they intend to try to take AA whenever they can as a result (sort of hard out of DEN, though)...

UA's Economy Plus is a joke and an insult to those who don't make UA's arbitrary 'valued customer' cut.
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RE: AA's "new" Economy?

Thu Feb 15, 2001 6:09 am

I agree 100% flashmeister!
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RE: AA's "new" Economy?

Thu Feb 15, 2001 8:22 am

Not a single 777 has gotten the new coach. Thats why people who have flown on them lately say they don't notice a difference, because there is none. People who say they have been on a refitted 777 are most likely big AA fans but are F.O.S. 23 out of the 40 international 767-300s have been refitted and out of all there 767s, 61 of 79 have been done. All A300s have been refitted. Hopefully that helps.
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RE: AA's

Thu Feb 15, 2001 10:28 am

AA's leg room was always good, but now it's better than ever. If you got a problem with that, why don't you go back to flying BA when you want to leave London for the United States?
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RE: AA's "new" Economy?

Thu Feb 15, 2001 10:53 am

Anyway, AA's fleet of 727's, 737's, S80's, and F100's have all gotten the "More Room Throughout Coach" treatment.

Believe me, having 34" or slightly more of legroom on these planes makes a HUGE difference, especially on flights of two hours or more. I believe the new 737-800's AA are now flying are configured with about 135-140 seats in the MRTC configuration.

AA is in the process of applying MRTC to their International planes, and should be complete by late this year.

The fact that passengers no longer gripe at AA about "cattle car class" in Coach is already worth it to AA employees.  Smile
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RE: AA's "new" Economy?

Thu Feb 15, 2001 11:35 am

The difference is HUGE, I was on an MD-80 DFW-YVR and back, and the plane had new interiors and new reconfiguration. It made such a difference compared to a shorter DFW-LGA and LGA-DFW flight on 757 with the old interiors and no legroom. Go AA!
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RE: AA's "new" Economy?

Thu Feb 15, 2001 11:55 am

I'm 6'3 and I travelled in a 757 from Vancouver to Dallas last summer. I had seen all the ads about how much more space there was and I was kind of excited about that. Sure enough, it was horrible! I saw no change.

But, on the return flight, I made an observation. My knees did not touch the seat in fornt of me. It was sooooooo good. It has made a real difference.

I guess that my first plane I was had not yet been outfitted with the new seating arrangement.
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RE: AA's "new" Economy?

Fri Feb 16, 2001 12:39 am

Actually, as far as AA's single-aisle fleet is concerned, there's a bit of bait-and-switch going on. Only their older airplanes such as the F100s, 727s, and MD80s--which are gradually being retired over time--have the really copious amounts of legroom such as 33-34". The brand new 737s, backbone of their future fleet, only have 32" of legroom. True, it's more than the 30-31" of space on other airlines or the old AA for that matter but it's certainly not 34"...
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RE: AA's "new" Economy?

Fri Feb 16, 2001 1:20 am

I have to agree with EnginesRUs. The 727s and MD80s that Ive flown on of AA were great. Alot of room. But the 738s still suck bad, even after being "reconfigured" Its a dark looking future looking at AAs future fleet if the 738s are to be the backbone. I hate them.
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RE: AA's "new" Economy?

Fri Feb 16, 2001 1:31 am

The new economy is much better than before in terms of legroom. Although I am a BA frequent flier I have to say that the new economy seats on AA are more spacious. After all the bitching they receive, I think we should take our hats off to AA and congratulate them on getting something right. Once they fit the whole fleet with the new seats they will definitely be my first choice US carrier, and will compete on a more even footing with the big European and Asian carriers.
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RE: AA's "new" Economy?

Fri Feb 16, 2001 8:24 am

1011 fan- AA is redoing the fleet by type. When you flew on a 738, there is a chance that AA might not have gotten to them yet.
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