Three-class cabins on international jets, once a hallmark of passenger pampering, are dwindling at the world’s largest carrier.
Waning customer interest in the costliest tickets prompted American Airlines to drop first class as it adds seats to its 47 long-haul Boeing Co. 777-200s. The aircraft will get new lie-flat business seats — plusher than coach, but lacking first- class flourishes such as pajamas, slippers and an amuse-bouche.
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Air Canada plans to introduce new premium economy seating in the cabins of its new Boeing 777s next year and its 787 Dreamliners when they are delivered in 2014, sources familiar with the plan say.
The premium economy seats will provide an alternative for passengers who want more legroom than is offered in economy seating at a price that is lower than business class.