Back in late January 2012 American Airlines announced that it had ordered and would roll out the new Premium Class design for both the First Class and the Business Class. At first glance of the new business class seats, I told one American Airlines Senior Analyst at DFW of how the design looked eerily similar to the upcoming Cathay Pacific’s new business class seat design, known in the industry as the Cirrus Seats. I asked if the same designer had been used to design the seats for all oneWorld partners’ fleet. He responded by saying that indeed American Airlines had tried to minimize differences across the brands, including the seat design.
See for yourself if you agree with me. With the exception of the color scheme, the Cathay Pacific’s Cirrus seats and the American Airlines’ new business class seats are identical. Here’s the Cathay Pacific Cirrus Seats:
And here is the American Airlines version:
AA: The New Premium Classes, a set on Flickr.