When I went out to see American’s new Airbus A319 this past summer, I loved the new inflight product — but did not like that they had only 8 first class seats aboard an aircraft that would be primarily replacing an older plane (MD80) with 16.
In fact, though it looked like a great ride, my intention has been to avoid flying it — I love my upgrades too much.
What I didn’t realize was that the product I saw first on he A319 is in fact the new standard domestic offering. So I walked aboard a new 737 — so new that Gogo’s inflight wireless hadn’t even been installed yet — and was confused for a short while what kind of aircraft I was flying.
This is the new domestic first class — onboard a 737:
There’s a large personal television in the seatback in front of you:
And a remote control for it at your seat, although the TV itself is touch screen.
And here’s coach:
The coach cabin has personal screens as well, here’s the bulkhead:
And the bulkhead coach seats:
Walking past my seat in first, I overheard at least half of the passengers remarking on the aircraft — and universally appreciative. Some noted the new plane smell, others how it “didn’t look like the 1970s anymore.”
And with 16 seats upfront, I love it!
The only downside is that the plane was too new, it didn’t have Gogo inflight internet installed yet!