When I first covered American getting these large regional jets, I noted the press release said nothing about internet. I tried to confirm whether the planes would have internet or not, and the folks at American I spoke with hadn’t heard anything about equipping them with internet.
It turns out that there will eventaully have internet. I suspect this is a decision that was made after the initial aircraft order. Current aircraft deliveries don’t come internet-equipped.
However, they do have 37-inch pitch in first class which is fairly close to mainline standard.
Hat tip to AAdvantageGeek, here’s a video tour of the aircraft. The video was posted by the Chicago Tribune and their interest stems presumably that the aircraft will predominantly be service Chicago routes. (American’s revenue out of Chicago tends to lag United’s, and so a reduction in mainline service there may make sense — but it will be interesting to see how new management at American treats such a competitive environment where they aren’t the number one carrier in the future.)
The video mentions seat power — “one for one” in first class meaning each seat up front will have power. They don’t mention the extent of power available throughout the rest of the cabin, so presumably that’s less than one power port per seat.
Indeed, while the show first class and the legroom in main cabin extra they don’t show standard main cabin seating at all. Heh.
Nonetheless, large regional jets mean more amenities like a second lavatory and overhead bins that will allow rollaboard bags rather than requiring that they be checked planeside.
Only one side of the aircraft has such a bin however so one imagines that boarding order will matter here to avoid needing to check bags for planeside collection. American refers to this as valet service, though I prefer Alaska Airlines’ “A La Cart” nomenclature.
Check out this extensive review by a customer who toured the plane for more detail on the experience.