American Airlines Ending Flagship First Class, Prioritizing Business Class

American Airlines is phasing out its premium first-class cabins amid declining demand, the company said during a call with its investors Thursday.

The world’s largest airline based on fleet size will instead shift its focus to its business-class section.

The Texas-based carrier also released its earnings on Thursday, with higher-than-expected adjusted profits expected in the fourth quarter.

“Yes, the first class will not exist on the [Boeing 777] or for that matter at American Airlines, for the simple reason that our customers aren’t buying it,” Vasu Raja, the company’s chief commercial officer, told investors on the earnings call.

“The quality of the business-class seat has improved so much, and frankly by removing it, we can go provide more business-class seats, which is our customers most want and are most willing to pay for.”


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