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Departure Date
22 September 2019
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American Airlines: An Introduction

American Airlines is one of the biggest airlines in the United States. Its parent company, American Airlines Group, is the largest in the world by fleet size, revenue and profit. The airline is one of the founders of oneworld, the third largest flight alliance in the world. This airline serves flight to 350 destinations across 50 countries. American Airlines offers various cabin classes, which include Basic Economy, Premium Economy, Business, First, Flagship Business, and Flagship First Class.

American Airlines Seat Class

Basic Economy

Basic Economy is American Airlines’ lowest cabin class. Nevertheless, passengers flying in this class still can enjoy a comfortable seat, in-flight entertainment, and snacks. Passengers will receive their seating upon check-in, but those with seating preferences may reserve them 48 hours before departure. Basic Economy Class is suitable for passengers with a tight budget.

In-flight Meal

In this cabin class, passengers get to enjoy snacks, along with a choice of tea or water, during their flight. Should the passengers like to enjoy other menus, they can order them via the in-flight meal service that the airline provides.

Premium Economy Class

Available on certain international flights, the Premium Economy Class offers more facilities than Basic Economy. The seats in this cabin are more spacious, so passengers can rest their feet more comfortably. Each seat is adjustable and equipped with a headrest and a USB port. WiFi service is available onboard for a fee. Passengers can also enjoy in-flight entertainment through the LCD screen in front of them.

In-flight Meal

The meals served on this class are not only delicious but also nutritious. Available menus vary depending on the route. Passengers can book their meals from 30 days to 24 hours before their departure. If the passenger forgets to book their meal before departure, they still can order other menus through the in-flight meal service provided by American Airlines.

Business Class

The Business Class is available on international flights that fly less than 3,000 miles. The seats are wider and the leg room more spacious, allowing passengers to relax better during their flight. Passengers of this class can enjoy in-flight entertainment, such as wireless streaming (available on certain aircraft). This cabin class also provides passengers with tender pillows and blankets. WiFi is readily available, so passengers can stay connected during their flight.

In-flight Meal

Business Class meals are similar to the meals served in Premium Economy Class. Passengers may also enjoy some wine with their meal. Business Class meals can be booked from 30 days to 24 hours before departure.

First Class

The First Class is American Airlines’ highest class for destinations around the United States. Passengers flying First Class can enjoy WiFi service for a fee and in-flight entertainment in the form of wireless streaming, although this is available only on certain flights. Along with a seat width of 21 inches, passengers are pampered with tender pillows and blankets.

In-flight Meal

The meals served in this class are concocted by professional Italian chef Julian Barsotti. Among his special menus are Lasagna with Sweet & Hot Pepper Crema, Cheese Cappelletti and Grilled Chicken with Haricot Vert and Olives. Passengers flying First Class not only can choose their wine, but also book their meals from 30 days to 24 hours before their departure.

Flagship Business

Flagship Business is offered on international and intercontinental flights that fly more than 3,000 miles. On ground, Flagship Business passengers get access to the airline’s airport lounge, while onboard, they get to enjoy free WiFi and in-flight entertainment, enhanced through the Bose®QuietComfort® 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones.

In-flight Meal

The menu in Flagship Business is created by acclaimed chefs Mark Sargeant and Maneet Chauhan, who serve British cuisines made with only premium ingredients. The featured dishes include Duck Confit Pot Pie, Slow Braised Lamb Osso Buco, and Ancient Kamut Grain Risotto. Passengers can book their meals from 30 days to 24 hours before departure.

Flagship First

Passengers flying on Flagship First enjoy the best facilities onboard an American Airlines flight. The passengers’ journey is made comfortable and enjoyable with pillows, blankets and adjustable seats that can recline to a fully flat position, complete with skincare products from Clark’s Botanical and Cole Haan. Flagship First passengers also get access to the airport lounge. With all these high-quality facilities, the Flagship First Class is dedicated to passengers who seek for an extraordinary flight experience with American Airlines

In-flight Meal

The meals served on Flagship First flights are created by professional chef Sam Choy. Passengers can enjoy a wide variety of dishes from the Pacific Islands, East Asia and North America. Flagship First passengers can book their meals from 30 days to 24 hours before departure.

American Airlines Privilege Programs

AAdvantage

American Airlines dedicates AAdvantage to its loyal passengers. The frequent flyer program allows members to earn miles every time they fly with American Airlines or other oneworld airlines. The earned miles can then be redeemed for free flights or preferred seats in the cabin, and class upgrades when the passenger is flying with not only American Airlines, but also other partner airlines. Miles can also be redeemed for hotel stays, car rents and other retail goods.

Airport Lounge

American Airlines has three kinds of lounge, which are Arrival Lounge, International First Class Lounge, and Admirals Club Lounge. To be able to access these lounges, the passenger must become a member of AAdvantage. Arrival Lounge is located in London Heathrow and can be accessed by Flagship Business or Flagship First passengers. Some facilities that are provided in Arrival Lounge include luxurious shower, ironing service, buffet breakfast and lunch. Meanwhile, International First Class Lounge can found in the airports in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas. Admirals Club is located in 50 airports around the world.

American Airlines Fleet

Airbus A321

Seat class:

  • Basic Economy
  • First

Seat layout:

  • 3-3 (Basic Economy)
  • 2-2 (First)

Seat pitch:

  • 32-34 inches (Basic Economy)
  • 38 inches (First)

In-flight entertainment:

Available


WiFi:

Available


Power/USB port:

Available

Boeing B777-300ER

Seat class:

  • Basic Economy
  • Business
  • First

Seat layout:

  • 3-4-3 (Basic Economy)
  • 1-2-1 (Business)
  • 1-2-1 (First)

Seat pitch:

  • 31-36 inches (Basic Economy)
  • 43 inches (Business)
  • 64 inches (First)

In-flight entertainment:

Available


WiFi:

Available


Power/USB port:

Available

Boeing B787 Dreamliner

Seat class:

  • Basic Economy
  • First

Seat layout:

  • 3-3-3 (Economy)
  • 1-2-1 (First)

Seat pitch:

  • 31-37 inches (Economy)
  • 40 inches (First)

In-flight entertainment:

Available


WiFi:

Available


Power/USB port:

Available

American Airlines In-flight Crew

The American Airlines flight attendant uniform takes inspiration from classic professional business attire. The female flight attendant wears a black button down, short-sleeved blouse and a knee-length skirt in the same color. A red and blue scarf nestles around their neck. They wear the airline’s badge on their left chest. Meanwhile, the male flight attendants wear a black suit and a blue tie.

American Airlines Passenger Policy

Infant Passenger Policy (0-2 Years Old)

  • American Airlines allows infants from the age of 2 days old onboard its flights.
  • Infants aged less than 7 days are allowed onboard, as long as their parents or guardians can provide a medical certification from doctor.
  • Passengers accompanying the infants must be at least 16 years old. However, the rule does not apply for the infants’ parents.
  • The infants’ parents or guardian must travel in the same cabin as the infant, and must hold them in their lap during the flight.
  • Infants must be included in ticket reservation and will be charged a certain percentage of the adult ticket fare.
  • Infants traveling outside the United States must bring complete documents as required from adults.

Child Passenger Policy (2-12 Years Old)

  • Parents or guardians must purchase seats for children aged 2 years old and older. The seats will be charged at the normal adult fare.
  • Children between 2 and 5 years old are not allowed to travel alone without supervision from their parents or guardian.
  • Children traveling outside the United States must bring complete documents as required from adults.
  • Children above 5 years old but below 18 years old who are traveling alone must submit Letter of Consent.
  • Children above 5 years old but below 18 years old who are allowed to travel alone by their parents must use the unaccompanied child service, which is available for an additional fee.
  • Two children from the same family who travel on the same flight will be charged for only one service fee.

Pregnant Passenger Policy

  • Passengers with a pregnancy of 28 weeks are allowed to fly with American Airlines. However, they must submit a medical clearance, stating that they are in good condition and healthy enough to travel.
  • American Airlines will not allow passengers to travel to a domestic destination less than 5 hours away within 7 days before and after the birth of their child.
  • Pregnant passengers who want to travel by flight must provide a certificate from a doctor or other physicians as well as from the airline’s Special Assistance Coordinator, who will provide the clearance form to be filled by the physician.
  • For international flights, a medical clearance stating that the pregnant passenger is in good condition must be issued maximum 48 hours before departure.

Disabled Passenger Policy

  • American Airline ground staff will help passengers with checking in and getting to their departure gate.
  • Passengers who cannot care for themselves during emergency situation must travel with an escort.
  • Passengers requiring wheelchair assistance, extra space, mobility assistance, adjacent seating with an escort, and disassembly and packaging for mobility assistive devices are advised to reach out to the airline’s Special Assistance Coordinator to make special arrangements before their flight.
  • Passengers traveling with a service animal or a portable oxygen concentrator must inform the airline of their traveling situation 48 hours before their flight.
  • Passengers whose body extends more than 1 inch beyond the outermost edge of the armrest and requires a seat belt extension must purchase a second seat during booking.

American Airlines Check-in Time

Please find the check-in time for all American Airlines flights on the table below. Check-in time may vary if your flight is operated by a partner airline. Please check your e-ticket to ensure.

Flight Route

Recommended Check-in Time

Check-in Time Limit

Domestic

1 hour 30 minutes before departure

45 minutes before departure

International

2 hours before departure

1 hour before departure

American Airlines Online Check-in

Online check-in is also available for American Airlines flights. Please follow the steps below.

  1. Go to American Airlines web check-in page
  2. Enter your booking code, or other booking details, as instructed
  3. Complete your check-in details
  4. Save and/or print your boarding pass

American Airlines Refund Policy

In general, refunds are permitted for personal reasons (self-cancellation, sickness, pregnancy, or death of a passenger), cancellation/rescheduling by the airline, force majeure, or double booking. However, different airlines have different policies regarding acceptable refund reasons. Please visit American Airlines Refund Policy for a complete information on refund.

American Airlines Reschedule Policy

You can easily change your flight schedule and itinerary using Easy Reschedule. Some airlines allow changes to date, time, route, and airline, while some only allow changes to date and time. Please refer to American Airlines Reschedule Terms & Conditions to find the complete guide to rescheduling your flight. If your flight is not eligible for Easy Reschedule, please contact American Airlines directly to reschedule.

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