Not too much of a surprise to learn that American Airlines is shifting to a 3-4-3 configuration in Main Cabin Extra on its 777-200 retrofits. This move was rumored a while back but, to date, was not implemented. American had preciously held that cabin at 3-3-3 while the bulk of the main cabin was a 3-4-3 layout. As of today the carrier is filing a new seating layout which includes the 3-4-3 configuration in MCE with the first flight expected to be on 20 December 2015 from Miami to Paris on AA 62. The schedule is filed for 2 weeks and excludes eastbound flights on Saturday.
The American website is not showing the seat map (at least not that I could wrangle) but I was able to pull a copy from a GDS display. It clearly shows five rows of MCE at 3-4-3 (the “L” designator) in the layout. That’s more MCE rows than the 77W has. Expect to see this configuration spread to other routes as aircraft are further configured.
Interested in my take on the 3-4-3 layout from flying it? Here’s what I had to say: In-flight: New York to London on American Airlines. You should not be surprised to learn that I found it to be less than spectacular. I flew the 77W in MCE on another trip and found it much better. I’m not so sure that will continue to be the case as the squeeze is applied.
A special thanks to he who can not be named for helping suss this out.
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