Swadian wrote:AA's current 777-300ER is configured 8F/52J/250Y, for a total of 310 seats. AA will be installing Premium Economy in these aircraft and are also keeping MCE. I imagine that AA will replace the current MCE section with W and remove a row of Y to create a 10-abreast MCE cabin (no more 9-abreast MCE). I'm not sure how many W seats AA can install in the current MCE section, but assuming that they move back the partitions between MCE and Y a bit, they could put in 3 rows of 2-4-2 - 24 seats, or perhaps they would put in 4 rows. Maybe the center section would have an extra row.
Then the AA 77W will have either 8F/52J/24W/213Y (297 seats) or 8F/52J/32W/203Y (295 seats). This is just speculation, but whatever actually happens, even if AA goes to 10-abreast MCE, the 77W will have (unless they tear out J seats - unlikely) less seats than UA's 77W (366 seats) or DL's A359 (306 seats). If AA ordered the 779 and filled all the extra length with Y seats, they would still have probably no more than about 337 seats in a 8F/52J/24W/253Y configuration.
It has been suggested that the 779 is too big for US carriers and that AA doesn't need the capacity since they have plenty of 77Ws, but 337 seats isn't that many and the number would be even less if AA used the extra length of the 779 for more J or W seats. AA could use the 779 for DFW-HKG, DFW-GRU, DFW-LHR, LAX-LHR, LAX-HKG, and LAX-SYD, while the 77W could take over all JFK-LHR and MIA-LHR.
If AA goes to 10x MCE they will not need the extra wasted offer space between W & W thats needed to counteract the 3-4-3 to 2-4-2 isle locations. Should be able to squeeze an extra row of Y at least.