First Class: What does a flight in American Airlines’ highest travel class look like?

American Airlines, connecting the largest international airports departing from several hubs such as New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco, the American company American offers First Class on its long-haul international flights and its transcontinental flights connecting major cities.

With the exception of its ERJ-145 regional jets, American Airlines offers this class of flight in all its aircraft, and has even added an option to meet the requirements of its customers, which is American Flagship First, in some of its large aircraft. . , which are :

– On its Boeing 777-300ER, which are operated on a few routes such as Dallas-Fort Worth / Sao Paulo, Hong Kong / London Heathrow.

– On its Transcon Airbus A321s, which operate on transcontinental routes between New York JFK and Los Angeles or San Francisco.

What are the special features of First Class at American Airlines ?

At American Airlines first class is available on local flights and those around North America, the Caribbean and Central America. National travelers who have chosen this class of flight can cross the priority check-in and boarding corridors. They can also check two bags for free, which are delivered with priority tags upon arrival at their destination. The latter can in particular afford more luxury by choosing from the options of the Five Star Service™ .

By plane, once their baggage has been deposited in the hold, First Class passengers will have the privilege of enjoying a moment of relaxation, and benefiting from the best conditions that can be put in place for a trip of this kind. They can start by resting in much wider seats with more legroom, the characteristics of which vary according to the type of aircraft as follows:

Aircraft type Flight Class Type Number of seats Seat spacing

Seat width

In Airbus

Airbus A319 First Class 8 38’’


Airbus A320

First Class 12 36’’ 21’’
Airbus A321 (181 seats) First Class 16 39’’


Airbus A321 (187 seats)

First Class 16 36’’ 21’’
Airbus A321 (190 seats) First Class 20 36’’


Airbus A321 Transcon

Flagship® First 10 Convertible seat into a bed 21’’
Airbus A321neo First Class 20 37’’


In Boeing

Boeing 737-800 and  737MAX First Class 16 37’’


Boeing 777-300ER

Flagship® First 8 Convertible seat into a bed 21,5’’


CRJ 700

First Class 6 – 9 37’’ 19,5 – 21’’

CRJ 900

First Class 9 – 12 37 – 38’’

19,6 – 19,7’’


ERJ 170

First Class 12 37’’ 19,9’’
ERJ 175 First Class 12 37’’


On board, in-flight service includes meals on flights over 900 miles. However, this is not a reference, as there are several shorter exceptional flights where meals are served there. Note that passenger meals change every quarter and are developed by their partner James Beard Foundation, one of the best service providers in its field.

However, customers of this class of flight have the possibility to pre-select their meal 30 days and up to 24 hours before their departure via the airline’s website. Indeed, according to the desire or the need of the traveler, a panoply of menu choices has been put in place by this Catering company, in order to satisfy its customers. Ranging from standard, to special dishes such as vegetarian, diabetic or kosher options, all passengers can find what they are looking for when flying with American Airlines.

In addition, during their flights, passengers privileged by this flight class are entitled to free entertainment, WIFI and wireless streaming, which are available on certain aircraft.

A Flagship® First ticket…! What are the advantages for this service?

– Flagship® First International

For international flights between the United States and Asia, Australia, Europe and South America, American Airlines offers a more luxurious option in its First Class cabins on board its Boeing 777-300ERs.

This service offers passengers the following advantages :

– Exclusive check-in area

– Personalized support

– Accelerated security access

– Access to lounges : Premium, International First Class and Admirals Club®

– Meals served in select Flagship® lounges, prepared in partnership with the James Beard Foundation.

– Access to arrivals lounges including: spa showers, breakfast and lunch buffet, valet parking and even a business center to be able to work online.

– Ability to add premium assistance on departure, during transfer or on arrival in select cities with Five Star Service™

– Have a Flagship Suite® seat on a Boeing 777-300, which is fully convertible into a bed and has aisle access.

– Wi-Fi on board, as well as power sockets and USB ports for each seat.

– Free entertainment throughout the flight, including: free movies, TV shows and games, plus Bang & Olufsen headphones.

– Have a Shinola and D.S. & Durga toiletry bag and a Casper sleep set (pajamas, slippers, mattress toppers, pillows and blankets created with sleep technology company Casper).

– Meals on board created by the James Beard Foundation.

– Transcontinental Flagship® First

American Airlines offers Flagship® First Class tickets for its transcontinental flights.

Its luxury cabins give access to the same facilities and services offered on Flagship® First International flights, except for access to the Arrivals Lounges.

Transcontinental Flagship® First is only available on the US airline’s Boeing 777-300s and Airbus A321Ts, which are operated on the following routes :

– Los Angeles (LAX) / New York (JFK).

– San Francisco (SFO) / JFK.

– JFK / Orange County (SNA).

– LAX / Boston (BOS).

– LAX / Miami (MIA).

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