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American Airlines confirmed yesterday that it’s moving forward with plans for a premium economy domestic product, following news earlier this year that an international cabin of the same variety is also in development.
According to a report from View from the Wing, American plans to launch the cabin in 2017, though it doesn’t know how it will be designed or even what perks will come along with it. If it’s anything like Delta’s premium economy product though, VFTW speculates that it’ll contain more perks rather than special seats or configurations — after all, entire new cabins would take more than a year to integrate.
Along with new basic economy fares, the introduction of premium economy spells somber times for American’s elite loyalty members, who will soon need to pay more for upgrades and fight harder for preferential treatment. But with the rest of the industry moving in the same direction, both American and the flying public really have little other choice.
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