American Airlines Launches Premium Product Free to Elite Customers
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American Airlines is making headlines for its innovative international premium economy plan that will soon be made available for elite travelers.
Later this year the airline will officially launch its new program, which is the first of its kind offered by any U.S. carrier. But, many in the industry speculate that the program won’t officially be available for travelers until sometime in 2017. While the program is being initiated, the new premium economy cabin will be free to elite customers.
The international service was designed for American’s new Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner aircraft, which the airline will begin using late this year. Reports say that the aircraft, with the premium service, will travel from Dallas to Madrid, Spain and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Because both the new aircraft and premium international service will launch at the same time, American plans to initially treat the new program like its Main Cabin Extra, which currently functions as an extension of the economy cabin. The elite passengers who are normally given free access to the Main Cabin Extra will also have free access to the Premium Economy. Industry experts believe that non-elite travelers will be able to purchase “Main Cabin Extra” access and thereby get an upgrade into Premium Economy.