American Airlines Boeing B777 300ER seat review by Rich #33945

4.5 of 5
FromLondon - London Heathrow (LHR)
ToLos Angeles - Los Angeles International (LAX)
Detailed ratings
Legroom5 of 5
Seat width4 of 5
Seat recline4 of 5
Entertainment5 of 5
Food & drink3 of 5
Service5 of 5
This plane had been equipped with Premium Economy Seating. Though I do not like the idea of Premium Economy I found the seat very comfortable. Slightly wider (1") seat cushion however being only 2 abreast by window gave much more shoulder room. Also due to different aisle widths I was not continually kicked and bumped by flight attendants as I was on the return flight with the old layout. Row 16 being an exit row has always had excellent leg room and the new seat really makes the most of it. The leg rest and foot rest may be of value to short people and children but I found it no use at all. The in flight entertainment screen was HD and clear with a large choice of Movies, TV shows, Games, Flight Map choices and a limited choice of Live TV. International feed of CNN and CNBC as well as BBC News. There is a sports channel which claims to show football games but in February post Super Bowl it was full of soccer which was of no interest to me. so very comfortable for day flight. My only complaint is the video monitor when folded down does get in the way of your legs but I guess that will only be for take off, taxi and landing so on a long flight not really an issue. You may need to look at the seat instructions or ask the flight attendant as operating video monitor release and locating the headphone socket, USB and power points is slightly different from other equipment. The powerpoint is standard US 3 Pin Grounded Socket 110v60hz. The headrest unusually for Coach seats actually moved to a comfortable position for a tall pax and stayed there. As I said I do not like the idea of Premium Economy and either fly coach to save expense or First/Business if I need to sleep; that said AA have knocked it out of the park in comparison to the BA, VS Premium Economy seating. Obviously as it was sold as Main Cabin Extra (No Cost to Elites) there were no food upgrades, no amenity kits and no Bose headphones. As I take my own food on board just in case (non meat eater) Have many AA and other airline Amenity kits from prior flights and my own Bose QC35 ii Headphones, I felt I almost got the full experience. AA FIrst CLass is the roomiest across TATL, the Business product is also the leader with the only seat/bed that is long enough for me to lie down (6'5") has good food offerings and this Premium Economy product is equally at the top of the TATL league. As NZ and UA remove extra space coach seating and First Class, it is good to see AA upping their game.
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