A recently-refurbished plane remains retro thanks to an underwhelming premium product
Across its expansive fleet, American Airlines features eight different kinds of business class seats. Naturally, as you might expect, some are better than others. On one end of the spectrum you have excellent reverse herringbones found on its Boeing 777s and 787-9s. On the opposite end, on its Boeing 767s, you have staggered seats that would’ve been state-of-the-art 15 years ago. Of the these two extremes, they share unlikely commonalities: AA installed them on its planes only as recently as a few years ago, and it typically charges comparable, astronomically-priced fares for both. If the airline brings the goods — so tasty dining options and warm, amicable service (among other things) to complement a comfortable chair that reclines 180 degrees — then it can get away with this pricing model. If it doesn’t, well, such a poor value isn’t “higher flyer” and it probably isn’t worth your time. By those metrics, the business class experience on AA’s 767s is, while more pleasant than economy, probably one to avoid.