American Airlines Boeing 787 business class brief review. My wife flew to Beijing late last year – and experienced the first of the American Boeing 787 aircraft which due to their high efficiency have been deployed on the long distance flights between Dallas and Beijing (as one example). Her luck was good and she was able to get a system wide upgrade and had a great experience in the new business class on those planes. All great with one BIG exception – when she came back home she complained about have a pretty weird experience flying and noticing each movement of the person in front of her (sitting on another business class seat).
My experience was better – I was in seat 6L – rear facing – first row in the mini-cabin which meant that my seat was solo i.e. not attached to another. As a result I had a much better in-flight experience, undisturbed by others.
Reading through flyertalk I noticed that many are complaining about the movement of the attached seats. To that effect, I think if you can you should avoid the middle seats in the minicabin and 1A & 2A and 3A & 4A, 1L &2L, 3L&4L… as those are likely to cause you the effect of the disturbing neighbor.
What else about the seats – they are narrow and shorter than the business class on the Boeing-777; for a tall person 6ft and above – they will not allow you to truly be in a flat sleeping position.
The amenities were packaged in a Cole Han pouch which was weirdly made of of some artificial material (like PVC) – makes you wonder – why Cole Han then…? But I think this was a minor nit pick.
Interesting new controls for the seat in business class. Made to look like an iPhone / Smart Phone. Not sure why, but ease of use wise – not a bad design…
The verdict – it is up to you – if you prefer the lower prices of the new B787 flights then you will need to compromise and enjoy the better entertainment and food on the flight. Otherwise proactively seek out the B777 service.