Your experience flying First Class on American Airlines will differ depending on the particular aircraft and route you are flying, because American features two different levels of First Class. The top level and most luxurious is called Flagship Suite First Class, which is only available on Boeing 777 planes and only on international flights. For domestic flights, American calls it simply Domestic First Class.
The Flagship Suite First Class on American Airlines is so fancy it doesn’t have a regular website with pictures – no, it’s got a slick animated website with a soundtrack of chirping birds in the background as you click on different buttons to make the seat move. The fact that the airplane seat is in the middle of what appears to be a lake (for Business Class) or a warehouse loft (for First Class) is a bit odd, but there you are.
Here’s a breakdown of what’s available in American’s Flagship Suite First Class. The differences with Domestic First Class are noted at the bottom of this article.
Seat & Bed
- Seats swivel so you can have face-to-face meetings or meals
- Seat reclines fully flat to a bed more than 6′ long
- Both armrests can be dropped down for sleeping comfort
- Electronically-controlled recline and lumbar support features
Food & Beverages
- Menu designed by three world-class chefs on staff at American Airlines
- “Dine Upon Request” means you can order at any time, not at a set meal time
- Selection of fine wines
- Food and wine selection tailored to the route you’re flying
- Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Canceling headphones
- Each seat has personal video system with on-demand library of 45 movies, 80 hours of TV shows, & 15 video games
- On-demand library of 30 CDs & 14 channels of audio programming
- Laptop powerport connections for each seat
- Individual satellite phone at each seat
- Complimentary amenity kit including Burt’s Bees products
- Larger-than-normal pillow and “Premium Cabin Duvet” for sleeping
Some of these perks are also included on American’s Domestic First Class – including the Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Canceling headphones and the “Premium Cabin Duvet” – but the “suite” experience in Flagship Suite First Class isn’t replicated on Domestic First Class.
On Domestic First Class, you can expect a more typical airplane seat – larger than in Economy Class, but no swiveling and it doesn’t recline as much as the Flagship Suite First Class seat. You’ll still get the in-seat powerports.
The selection of meals on Domestic First Class isn’t as varied, but it’s still significantly nicer than you’ll get in Economy – and it’s complimentary.