Vasu Raja, the chief commercial officer of American Airlines (A1G) (AAL), announced that the company will stop offering first-class seats on long-haul flights.
Raja claims that because there is little demand for first-class tickets, the airline will switch them out for business-class seats.
“First class will not exist on the 777, or for that matter at American Airlines (A1G) (AAL), for the simple reason that our customers aren’t buying it,” Raja said in an investors call, according to Business Insider.
“The quality of the business-class seat has improved so much, and frankly by removing it, we could provide more business-class seats, which is what our customers most want or are most willing to pay for,” Raja added.
On the airline’s Airbus A320-family aircraft that are used for domestic flights, first-class seats will continue to be available.
The claim only applies to long-distance aircraft, such as various 777 and 787 variants and the upcoming Airbus A321XLR.
This means that American Airlines’ (A1G) (AAL) premium Flagship Suite, which was scheduled to debut in September 2022, would no longer be offered.
First deliveries of the suites were scheduled to begin in 2024 on Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A321XLR aircraft, respectively.