Last week I mentioned that American had quietly launched their new Main Cabin Extra product that offers passengers more legroom in coach, and that many of their Boeing 757 and 767-300 operated flights were now displaying seat maps that were updated with these new configurations.
Over the weekend I heard from a reader, David F., who was traveling from London to DFW on an American Airlines 767-300 and happened to have a chance to try out American’s new economy plus product.
He was kind enough to share his photos and and a review. (Thanks David!):
As the aa.com layout shows, this is a mini-cabin between Business and Regular Coach – I don’t feel it was full of Advantage Elites and this was a full flight!
The seats did not really start to fill up until main boarding began – the two people in front of me were not regular flyers – and the person sat next to me did not speak English as a first language so it was difficult to ask.
Pics pretty much show it all, I would definitely get it if you are on a full flight and it made the long journey much better. I would go for rows 11 or 13 first – 11 if you don’t mind bulkhead – you can stand up in front of your seat – 13 because you can recline without upsetting anyone behind you – although there is a restroom behind 13, I wasn’t disturbed by it. Row 12 isn’t horrible – just would not be my first choice given the opportunity.
The Recline is no more than a regular coach seat, in fact I would say if you are the kind of traveller who either doesn’t like to recline for fear of upsetting the person behind you and/or doesn’t like it when someone reclines on you, these are great seats, the person in front reclined all the way and I did not feel encroached upon.
Only things, if you are in Seats A/J you are still going to have to ask the person sitting next to you to move if you need to get up from your seat and I would stay away from seats 13 C/E/G – people (Myself included) were using the space behind the seats to switch from one isle to the other (Hey the restroom on the other side was vacant!)
It definitely looks roomier than I expected. David was able to select a Main Cabin Extra seat because he has AAdvantage Elite status. Without status is would have cost about $118, which on a long flight like London to Dallas seems like a bargain!
Thanks again David for sharing!
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