American Airlines confirmed Tuesday that it has chosen B/E Aerospace to make the business class seats for its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners that will be delivered later this year.
The Fort Worth-based carrier had dropped Zodiac as the provider of its business class seats on the Boeing 787-8 after the seatmaker had continued production problems causing American to delay its initial Dreamliner deliveries from late 2014 to early 2015. Although Zodiac is owned by a French company, its U.S. headquarters are in Gainesville, Tex.
American used the Zodiac seat on some of the retrofits of its Boeing 777-200 but will now use the new B/E Aerospace Super Diamond Business Class Seat.
B/E Aerospace will also be providing all three classes of seats for American’s Airbus A350 when it is delivered at the end of 2017, American spokesman Casey Norton said.
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American had previously announced that B/E Aerospace would provide the seats for its new premium economy class that will debut with the Boeing 787-9 later this year. Premium economy will also be added to its Boeing 777-300ERs, 777-200ERs, 787-8s and Airbus A330s over the next three years.