Airplane Boeing 787-9 (789) American Airlines has 4 classes on board with total of 285 seats. Use airplane seat map to find which ones are more comfortable and which ones should be avoided.
|business||60 - 61||21||1 - 8||30|
|premium economy||38||19||9 - 11||21|
|main cabin extra||35||17.2||12 - 14||36|
|main cabin||31||16.2 - 17.2||15 - 39||198|
The bulkhead does NOT interfere with full seat pitch. Plenty of room. This is true for all of row 11 premium economy. I have flown in this row four times from LAX to AKL. It is true that Air New Zealand Premium has an extra 3 inches of pitch but timely shopping on American Airlines can get Premium for substantially less than Air New Zealand.
Flew to HND on this new jet, the atmosphere was very relaxing and I felt refreshed when I arrived in Tokyo, also the plane is very quiet. The seat itself was nice, plenty of room and the amenities and food were good, probably won't get bulkhead again as I don't like the tray table/TV setup but that is an issue with all airlines...I would recommend window seat instead of aisle as bathroom/FA traffic can be bothersome..
DFW to Santiago and return. Great business-class seat. Very private mini-compartment with comfortable sleep arrangement (I am 6'1" and had plenty of room in the foot box). Comfort of seat in mattress mode was quite good. Reverse herringbone pattern of 787-9 is far preferable to the old 787-8 front/back facing, rock 'n roll, weird seats. Too bad American is reverting to the 787-8 on the Santiago run...
Seat pitch is inadequate for a 6'2" person. Your knees are tight up against the stiff wire at the top of the seat pocket. You can't recline the seat as the bottom of it slides forward, jamming your knees even more into that horrible piece of wire. If, like me and the guy next to me, if you weigh 100kg or so, you are going to be tight up against each other for the whole flight
This seat has a lot of storage space, and it is easy to get out to the aisle.
PVG-DFW The seat was a great standard business class seat no, complaints about the seat itself, layout is much better that 787-8. Only complaint is that 5A is missing a window. I love flying and was excited for the two windows every AA business class seat gets, but was very disappointed when I found that 5A only has 1 window. The one window you do get is in the front part of your seat, so every time I wanted to look out the window I had to straighten my seat back and lean forward. Wonderful aircraft and beautiful business class, would probably just get a different business class window seat next time though.
As the first row of premium economy this seat enjoys a much wider leg room, also more convenient for the person sitting near the window going to aisle without bothering other passengers.
787-9: this seat has one window however it is a quiet sanctuary, is not impacted by the galley or lavratories, contrary to its yellow icon. This seat offers extreme privacy as there js no one next to you Instead there is a wall. The lavatory is located far behind after entry door. Love it!!!!
I submitted a review for Seat 9C earlier and is mentioned below as well. 9A was pretty much the same except we did not get slippers from Shanghai to Dallas. When asked, I was told they're only for business class which is weird since we got it from Dallas to Shanghai. Here's the review I wrote for 9C: Exceeded all my expectations. The seat is wide enough and the leg rest proved to be valuable during the 14hr flight. Food is served to the premium economy section separately so ignore the announcements about what's included in the meal as that's only for regular economy. Food itself was good and presented very nicely on a tray with real silverware instead of plastic and was even cleaned up as soon as I finished. Attendants were definitely more attentive in the prem eco section. The amenity kit was Cole Hann and really nice. Came with slippers as well. There is plenty of leg room in this bulkhead seat. Person sitting at the window could get out without me moving or getting up from my seat. Would travel this again.
Exceeded all my expectations. The seat is wide enough and the leg rest proved to be valuable during the 14hr flight. Food is served to the premium economy section separately so ignore the announcements about what's included in the meal as that's only for regular economy. Food itself was good and presented very nicely on a tray with real silverware instead of plastic and was even cleaned up as soon as I finished. Attendants were definitely more attentive in the prem eco section. The amenity kit was Cole Hann and really nice. Came with slippers as well. There is plenty of leg room in this bulkhead seat. Person sitting at the window could get out without me moving or getting up from my seat. Would travel this again.
Seat 1L is private and quiet. Yes, it's next to the right side galley entrance, but unless the FAs were serving, it was not noisy or bright as they kept the curtain closed. It felt like being on the plane alone, it was so private. A potential drawback would be being so far from the door, but the FAs do block the Premium/Economy passengers until all Business class pax have exited the plane. Plus, this side of the plane usually gets nice views of Sydney / harbour upon departure is a bonus.
The faux leather material on the hard seats made the economy class pretty difficult for a trans-pacific journey. It was very similar to the AA A321 experience. The seatback entertainment was really pretty good (I've flown QANTAS and Air Canada previously on a similar route) but the seat was pretty awful. The CRJ700 I got on to come home had a much more comfortable seat.
This was an excellent seat with a LOT of legroom. I'm 6'2" with long legs and I had no problem stretching my legs out. It's a very nice section of the plane with just 3 rows and walls on each side. Very good value.
I got seat 11J from DFW to ORD and I loved it! 11J and 11L both recline all the way despite the full bulkhead behind you. The foot rest didn't work too well as it seems they designed it only for shorter folks
Shanghai-DFW. A flying torture chamber. All econ seats are awful - narrow and hard. Aisles are impassable and, imo, unsafe. Service largely non-existent except for 3 quickies during 13+ hour flight. Tech is good, but config and cranky service spoil it. Avoid at all costs !!
This is a main cabin extra seat and it was awesome! I had this seat for the 11 hour flight from Los Angeles to NRT. The bulkhead row 12 seats have way more legroom than the main cabin extra seats in rows 13 and 14. I was able to get up and sit as many times as I needed without interrupting my neighbors and I had 2 windows at my seat. I also had the same power ports that everyone else had. Sure you may not be able to store anything at your feet for takeoff and landing but what difference does that make when you can get up with ease as many times as you want. Only complaint was that the seat was slightly hard and this is the case with all economy seats. For reference, my height is 5'10" and I am submitting the above comments.
The overall flight experience was excellent. The only drawback is that the seat was a bit narrow, so I did not have much shoulder room for my 5'9" height.
AA Business class has really stepped up to compete with Cathay and JAL. The new 787 is well trimmed, very comfortable and really no downside anymore in comparison. Great business class pods.
I truly despise the 787 at 9 across but MCE gives you a little break, at least in leg room. The seats are too close together so the aisles are narrow. At least I shared 13D and E with my wife so it wasn't terrible. Everything else is fine with the entertainment and expected level of service. I will say 12 C and J are the worst seats. The extra room is negated by the narrow and changing aisle. They were hit EVERY time a cart came through.
"Main Cabin Extra" seat 12C from NRT to LAX was terrible. Sure, you have a lot of legroom. Not having floor storage is a minor inconvenience. Getting hit in the right arm/shoulder every time a flight attendant walks by is awful. The person sitting in 12D had no such issue.