American Airlines to add B/E Diamond seating on their 787-9 and A350

by Zac George
a seat with a screen on the side

American Airlines has confirmed that they will be adding the B/E Diamond seating to its future A350, 787-9 and 23 of their 772’s that have not been reconfigured.

I was quite surprised to see this get announced, but I do understand the reasoning behind the choice. The seat is already being used by Qatar and the feedback they have received has been very positive.

Back J cabinEvery one gets direct isle access which is now a gold standard in business class seating.

J seat 3B/E Diamond seating on the Qatar A350.

I myself have flown Qatar and absolutely loved the seat. Its wide, comfortable to sleep on and direct isle access is always fantastic.

Qatar currently have these seats fitted on their 787, A350 and A380 aircraft.

Another airline using this seating is Virgin Australia. I’ve flown their new business 5 times now domestically and found its a fantastic product and fits the airline very well.

Virgin Australia currently have these seats fitted on all of its A330 aircraft flying Coast to Coast from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. And occasionally you can get the Sydney to Melbourne flight as its positions for Perth.

Virgin Australia have also started reconfiguring their 777 fleet to add this seating. At the time of writing this 1 has already been finished and is exclusively on the Sydney – Los Angeles – Sydney flights. As more are finished they will be put on the Brisbane – Los Angeles – Brisbane and Sydney – Abu Dhabi – Sydney.

21387777872_0e7dd57490_oWide seating and many storage options.21211686719_cd49107962_oSpace throughout the cabin is more then sufficient.

Virgin-Australia-New-Business-Class-2Image: Virgin Australia

Currently American Airlines use 2 types of seating on their 777-300ER and 787-8.

787-dotcom-business-gallery-2Image: American Airlines

Above is the current seating that American Airlines use for their 787 fleet. It is described as custom zodiac seating. In my opinion it seems too narrow but I will have to review to find out.

American has since cancelled its contract with Zodiac as they were taking too long on preparing their seats for AA’s 772’s. This is why they are switching to B/E as they needed a new seat supplier.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAImage: American Airlines

The above image show’s the current 777-300ER business class. This seating configuration is called reverse herringbone and its currently the most popular choice for both airlines and passengers wanting direct isle access and passenger comfort. This seating is currently being used by Cathay Pacific, EVA air, Air Canada and Delta Airlines.

Bellow is a picture of the new seating that will be fitted in the near future.

American-BE-Aerospace-SeatImage JonNYC – Flyertalk

Overall I’m quite surprised to see that AA will be switching to B/E Diamond seating instead of sticking with Zodiac and continuing with reverse herringbone. I will be looking at trialling both products in the near future and reviewing them.

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American Airlines Commence Daily Los Angeles to Auckland Flights | Zac George June 26, 2016 - 10:32 am

[…] If I was to choose between a Qantas flight or American flight long haul I would definitely take AA. Every business class passenger has direct isle access which is now becoming a standard in business class travel. This product will only be on the 788 as the newer and better 787-9 will feature B/E Diamond seating which I talk about in detail here: American Airlines to add B/E Diamond seating on their 787-9 and A350. […]