AA adds extra cabin, more legroom

(posted March 2,1:00 p.m.)- Passengers flying to Managua on American Airlines will soon have the option of getting more legroom without upgrading to First Class.

As part of the airline’s Chapter 11 reorganization, American Airlines is modernizing its entire mainline fleet with “Main Cabin Extra,” which will offer more legroom as well as priority boarding.

American plans to begin installations this year, and over the next 18 months will update all of its existing aircraft. New Boeing 737-800 aircraft being delivered to American will come equipped with Main Cabin Extra seating beginning this Fall, according to the airline.

Prices will range between $8 and $108 per segment, depending on the length of the flight. Main Cabin Extra will be available for purchase beginning in Spring 2012.

Anticipated future aircraft, including Airbus A321s, and A319s, and Boeing 777-300ERs and 787s, will also offer Main Cabin Extra.

“Customers traveling in Main Cabin Extra seats will enjoy four to six inches of extra legroom compared to a standard Main Cabin seat, as well as priority boarding privileges,” said Virasb Vahidi, American’s Chief Commercial Officer. “We continue to provide our customers with choices that enable them to customize their travel on American to be the experience they desire and value.”

Main Cabin Extra seats will be located in the front portion of the Main Cabin, allowing easier boarding and deplaning.

AAdvantage Executive Platinum and AAdvantage Platinum members, and customers who purchase a full-fare economy class ticket will receive complimentary access to Main Cabin Extra, subject to availability.

American Airlines has three daily flights between Miami and Managua.


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