A evaluate of American Airways enterprise class on the Boeing 777 from Rome to New York

Fast take: With pleasant service, first rate meals and spacious seats, American Airways enterprise class on the Boeing 777-200 was snug, if not exceptional.


  • There was a wonderful choice of lounges in Rome, with good duty-free buying and environment friendly boarding.
  • Seats had been snug and well-padded.
  • Pleasant service and an on-time departure made for an incredible flight.


  • The growing older planes’ business-class cabins are a bit shopworn.
  • The headrest on lie-flat seats sticks up a number of inches, which might affect sleeping consolation.
  • Seats are huge sufficient for sleeping, although they’ve tight footwells.

Rome is turning into an more and more essential European marketplace for U.S. carriers. United simply added a second every day flight to the Everlasting Metropolis from Washington, D.C. American Airways has additionally beefed up its flights to Rome. Final summer time, the Dallas-Fort Value-based service was working seven flights every day to Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO) from varied cities, together with twice-daily flights from New York’s John F. Kennedy Worldwide Airport (JFK). AA tells TPG that subsequent summer time, to this point, they are going to solely supply once-daily service to Rome.

I got here throughout a fairly nice airfare deal flying spherical journey from Rome to New York in American Airways enterprise class (you possibly can usually ebook tickets for cheaper when originating in Europe), so I made a decision to present the service a strive.

Here’s what the complete expertise was like flying American Airways enterprise class aboard the Boeing 777-200.


How a lot does enterprise class price to ebook on American Airways?

American Airways operates the Boeing 777-200 on lots of its worldwide flights, together with to a number of European cities. Award availability utilizing American Airways AAdvantage miles is plentiful, although not at all times on the decrease ranges.

Right here is the vary of round-trip money and award charges on New York to Rome flights when obtainable within the spring, summer time and early subsequent fall (notice that the route shouldn’t be at present working however will return into service in March 2024).

Class Economic system Premium economic system Enterprise class
Airfare  $841-$2,494 $1,834-$4,220 $2,760-$9,635
American Airways AAdvantage miles 61,000-159,000 miles plus $63 108,000-290,000 plus $63 308,000-677,000 miles plus $63

I paid $3,033 for my round-trip ticket from Rome to New York, with a departure date in October 2023 and a return in July 2024 once I plan to take my mom there for a household journey.

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I used my Citi® / AAdvantage® Govt World Elite Mastercard® (see charges and charges), so I might earn Loyalty Factors as a part of an American Airways “On the spot Standing Move” alternative. I earned 4 Loyalty Factors per greenback spent utilizing the cardboard, plus the 11 Loyalty Factors per greenback I earned as an Govt Platinum elite. The 17,875 Loyalty Factors I earned on this primary leg of my round-trip ticket went a great distance towards qualifying me for Govt Platinum standing throughout my four-month problem interval.

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I additionally might have used my Platinum Card® from American Categorical, which accrues 5 Amex Membership Rewards factors per greenback spent on flights booked instantly with airways or with American Categorical Journey on as much as $500,000 on these purchases per calendar 12 months.

Each money fares and mileage redemptions in American Airways enterprise class to or from Europe embrace free seat choice, two checked luggage as much as 70 kilos every, one carry-on and one private merchandise.

Checking into and boarding enterprise class on American Airways

American Airways business-class passengers can count on the next precedence providers on the airport.

Lounge obtainable Sure, Plaza Premium, Prima Vista and British Airways lounges.
Quick Monitor entry Sure
Boarding group Group 1

When departing the U.S., you may as well reap the benefits of TSA PreCheck in the event you’re a member.

American Airways operates from Terminal 3 at Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport. It is a very busy terminal for worldwide departures, together with British Airways, ITA Airways and El Al, to call a number of.

The check-in for American Airways was on the finish of the terminal in what gave the impression to be a separate departures space for U.S.-bound flights.

Despite the fact that I had conveniently checked in for my flight on-line and bought a boarding cross through the American Airways app, I nonetheless wished to see what it could be like checking in on the counters.

There have been two separate traces. I might use the Precedence line as a result of I used to be touring in enterprise class (and I might have had entry through my Govt Platinum standing). There have been eight ticket counters for precedence passengers, with all of the desks staffed once I checked in about three hours earlier than my flight.

Foremost cabin passengers had a separate line with 15 counters, most of which had been staffed, and there have been no lengthy traces for any passengers once I checked in. There have been additionally 11 self-service kiosks.


I waited about 5 minutes within the precedence line earlier than a pleasant agent helped me. She instructed me there wasn’t a VIP safety line saying, “I am sorry, there is no such thing as a TSA PreCheck.” Once I clarified I used to be simply referring to a precedence safety lane, she mentioned there wasn’t any. That turned out to be incorrect. I might use a fast-track lane by scanning my boarding cross.

The agent additionally jogged my memory I had entry to the large Plaza Premium Lounge that passengers can discover as soon as they exit safety screening and passport management by heading left within the duty-free outlets. Test-in took only a few minutes, then the fast-track safety line took simply one other 5 minutes earlier than a brief await passport management on the automated gates and an exit stamp by an immigration agent.

It turned on the market was additionally a virtually empty British Airways lounge subsequent door to the Plaza Premium Lounge that I might entry as properly. In truth, all passengers with Oneworld elite entry or touring on a Oneworld service in enterprise class are eligible to make use of that lounge. That is the place I spent nearly all of my time earlier than my flight.


The British Airways lounge was pretty, particularly because it was so empty, with nice views of Wizz Air planes on the close by gates.

The lounge served a number of sorts of wine, together with Astoria Ribolla Gialla glowing and Amatus Chardonnay.

There have been additionally loads of name-brand spirits like Johnnie Walker Pink Label whisky, Smirnoff vodka and Gordon’s gin. Coca-Cola and Coke Zero smooth drinks had been stocked within the fridges, together with San Benedetto glowing and nonetheless water.

There have been no loos or showers within the BA lounge, and the Plaza Premium Lounge’s 5 showers had been absolutely booked, so I wasn’t capable of bathe forward of the flight in both lounge.


I did not spend a lot time within the Plaza Premium Lounge, however I ended by for a Lavazza espresso (and to take images).


There was a sizzling bar with freshly ready eggs and different breakfast meals cooked within the hooked up kitchen. There have been chilly breakfast objects laid out on the bar, together with pastries, cereal, fruit and yogurt.

There have been loads of electrical shops and a big number of seating preparations. It was crowded, however not a lot that there wasn’t room to sit down.

Most spectacular was the absolutely stocked bar with an enormous choice of high-end wines and spirits. Among the many manufacturers I noticed had been Gray Goose vodka, Bombay Sapphire gin and Maker’s Mark bourbon. There was additionally Peroni Nastro Azzurro beer on faucet. Impressively, there was an unlimited Dr. Vranjes Firenze diffuser on the bar.

I left the lounge early as a result of I needed to head to a distant gate, E-43, which required a protracted stroll and a practice trip.

There’s one other small Plaza Premium Lounge on the primary concourse close to gate E-41. It’s essential to take an elevator or stairs down one stage. The meals and drinks obtainable had been much like the bigger Plaza Premium Lounge on the predominant entrance to Terminal 3.

It was a two-minute stroll to my gate, the place boarding started promptly an hour earlier than the flight at 9:30 a.m. Passengers who wanted additional time had been allowed to board first, adopted by business-class passengers in boarding group 1. The method was easy and orderly, and the airplane’s doorways had been closed a number of minutes earlier than our 10:30 a.m. departure.

How snug was enterprise class on American Airways?

My flight was operated through a 21-year-old Boeing 777-200ER plane with area for 273 passengers.

The business-class cabin was divided into two mini-cabins cut up by the primary boarding door space and a galley. This airplane had Rockwell Collins Tremendous Diamond seats by Collins Aerospace, that are amongst American’s greatest seats. Regardless of some tightness on the toes, a narrower hip space, and the mounted tray desk, I used to be capable of get an hour of relaxation on my daytime flight.

Simply bear in mind that a few of American Airways’ 777-200s have much less snug Zodiac seats, a few of which face ahead whereas others face backward. The planes have similar-looking seat maps, and plane are generally swapped, so there is no dependable technique to know forward of time what you will get.

On American’s 777-200s, there are a complete of 37 business-class seats specified by a 1-2-1 configuration. The entrance cabin has 5 rows of 4 seats throughout, plus a single seat in row 6 alongside the suitable aspect. The aft business-class cabin has 4 further rows of 4 seats every.

I had chosen seat 3A within the ahead cabin however ended up switching with the passenger in seat 4A so he might sit nearer to his spouse.

Here is the essential format of the cabin and seats.

Cabin format 1-2-1
Recline Absolutely flat, 81 inches
Seat width 21.9 inches
Display measurement 18 inches

There are a number of seats to keep away from, particularly these close to the loos and galley.

Finest seats for {couples} Any pair of D and H seats in rows 2-5 or 7-9
Seats to keep away from All seats in row 10 because of the proximity to the premium economic system cabin and center seats in row 1 (H and D) since you might be so near the lavatory within the entrance of the airplane. Chances are you’ll wish to skip seat 6L as properly because it’s near a restroom.

On the window aspect of my seat was a big console with two cubbies with lids that popped open.

Contained in the bigger of the 2 was a handheld distant to regulate the varied inflight leisure (IFE) features, a common charging plug, a headphone jack and two USB-A charging ports.

The smaller cubby was additionally shallow, and my pockets and passport case had been simply sufficiently small to permit the lid to shut. When the lids are closed, it turns into a big shelf that’s a further area within the seat to place your laptop computer or studying materials in case it’s worthwhile to stand up. Sadly, it did not appear like both of the cubbies had been cleaned totally shortly.

The seat’s bifold tray desk slid out from underneath the leisure display and measured 18 1/2 inches by 17 inches when absolutely deployed, simply massive sufficient for my 14-inch laptop computer.

Above the console was a literature rack that held the security card for the plane and the place I tucked my paper menu.


At about elbow stage on the left aspect of the seat, there was touchscreen with seat controls that might maneuver the seat in lie-flat, lounging, or absolutely upright, in addition to permitting me to govern the person parts of the seat. As you possibly can see within the picture above, the seats had been exhibiting their age. Whereas the airplane did not really feel soiled by any stretch of the creativeness, it might have used a deep cleansing.

There have been additionally two lighting choices, an ambient mild beneath the literature rack and a small studying mild on the higher a part of the seat shell.

I had two massive home windows with views of a parked El Al jet and an Air Canada airplane throughout our taxi. I additionally bought a peek at one other American Airways jet as we moved into takeoff place.

There was additionally a small cubby on the decrease left portion on the backside of my seat, the place I positioned my empty headset case through the flight. As you possibly can see, it was fairly scuffed up and dusty.


Lastly, there was additionally storage within the armrest alongside the aisle. The armrest will be lowered, and the highest pops open with a push of a button. It was helpful for storing a water bottle and some snacks through the flight.

Happily, there have been two overhead studying lights and air nozzles so I might management the temperature within the space round my seat.

The seats are huge and cozy, measuring round 21 inches on the hip (American says they’re 21.9 inches at their widest, which may be across the shoulder space).

The issue (for me) was the slender footwell when in lie-flat place. The opening is round 17 inches huge however then narrows down to simply 10 inches. It does not go away your toes numerous wiggle room when mendacity down fully. There was additionally a narrowing of the seat on the hip space in absolutely flat mode. Be aware additionally there’s a small hole between the headrest and the again of the seat that makes it really feel like you aren’t absolutely flat. The seats had been additionally a bit of worse for put on in some spots.

There have been three restrooms for the 37-seat business-class cabin. There have been two loos on both aspect of the galley between the 2 enterprise class sections and one other on the entrance left aspect of the plane not removed from the cockpit.

All three loos had been massive, however the one close to the boarding door was particularly spacious (it even had a sliding door). All three had been stored clear through the flight, and I by no means noticed traces type to make use of them. Sadly, the restroom had no facilities in addition to the hand cleaning soap.

Facilities in American Airways enterprise class

Already ready at my seat once I boarded was a Bang & Olufsen headset, a bottle of water, a Shinola-branded amenity equipment and a paper menu. I discover the B&O headsets are of fantastic high quality and make for a quiet and pleasurable sound expertise. I solely want they did not accumulate them so quickly.

I am not an enormous fan of the Shinola amenity kits since they strike me as quite plain. Nevertheless, they do have all of the fundamentals like a watch masks, ear plugs, Radio Bombay lotion, Rose Atlantic lip balm by D.S. & Durga and a dental equipment.

The crew collected headsets about 45 minutes earlier than touchdown, which is at all times irritating, although they did hand out disposable ones so we might proceed watching the inflight leisure.

There was additionally a big plastic-wrapped pillow and Casper blanket. The blanket was snug however light-weight, so I did not get too heat whereas napping. The pillow was simply the suitable stability between agency and smooth. I missed the additional Casper lumbar pillows AA provides in Flagship First on choose routes).

Wi-Fi offered by Panasonic was obtainable on the flight. Costs ranged from $29 for a two-hour cross to $35 for the full-flight bundle with no knowledge limits.

I paid $35 for the full-flight cross Wi-Fi. The web velocity wasn’t nice, with one check exhibiting as “very gradual.”

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It stalled out a number of instances, and when it got here again on, the velocity was a bit higher. Nonetheless, I can not advocate the Wi-Fi because it’s expensive for a not-so-dependable expertise. American is rolling out improved satellite tv for pc Wi-Fi on its long-haul planes, so I will be keen to check that out sooner or later.

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American Airways has a whole lot of leisure choices, together with films, tv exhibits, video games, a child’s channel, music and inflight data. There’s even a chat operate, although I used to be the one one within the chat once I joined.


There’s additionally an interactive Panasonic Voyager 3D map, “Powered by Airshow,” although there is no digicam within the tail, so no dwell view of the flight.

I counted 68 new-release films alone. Amongst them had been “Avatar: The Approach Of Water,” “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Future,” “An Irish Goodbye” and “The Little Mermaid.” In honor of Halloween, there have been 38 “Spooky Season” films, together with “Beetlejuice,” “The Cabin within the Woods” and “Evil Lifeless.”

Among the many tv exhibits obtainable had been a number of Showtime and AppleTV titles, together with “Basis,” “The Morning Present” and “Hidden Planet.” On Showtime, I watched a part of a documentary on tennis legend John McEnroe known as “McEnroe The Value of Perfection” and one episode of “George & Tammy.”

My neighbor and I each had numerous lagging points with the leisure, type of like a foul streaming expertise. Nonetheless, the choices had been watchable, if a bit irritating at instances.

How was the meals in American Airways enterprise class?

Throughout boarding, the cabin crew provided passengers a selection of Duval-Leroy Brut Reserve Champagne, orange juice or water. The flight attendant named Steven working my aisle was particularly pleasant.


Menus had been already on the seats within the enterprise class cabin.


Earlier than takeoff, flight attendants got here via to take orders for lunch. American Airways lets business-class passengers pre-select their entrees, although, for some motive, my unique selection of hen wasn’t recorded. I modified my thoughts and wished the steak anyway, so it labored out wonderful.

The one possibility for a starter was the salmon tataki served with a rhubarb and ginger compote. It got here with seasonal greens described as blended leaf salad, child artichokes, and pink and yellow cherry tomatoes served with balsamic French dressing. A choice of heat breads was additionally listed.

The primary course menu choices included:

  • Grilled sirloin steak with truffle jus with a potato and celery gratin, caramelized carrots and roasted leek slices
  • Roasted corn-fed hen in a rosemary sauce, served with a cauliflower mash, sauteed broccoli with garlic and roasted pumpkin
  • Prawns in a machboos sauce served with basmati rice, candy and bitter eggplant and naan bread
  • Triangoli pasta tartufo served in a port wine sauce, oyster mushrooms and sauteed spinach

Flight attendants distributed sizzling towels about 20 minutes after takeoff. Linens had been put down on the identical time, and drinks and heat nuts had been served only a few minutes later off a cart.


Among the many drinks on supply had been Barcardi rum, Aviation gin, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. Bailey’s Irish Cream was additionally obtainable.

American additionally provides Coke merchandise, Bigelow tea and Minute Maid juices. Beers obtainable included Bud Mild, Dos Equis, Heineken, Goose IPA and Really Onerous Seltzer. There have been two white wines obtainable: New Zealand’s Invivo X Sauvignon Blanc by Sarah Jessica Parker and Rocca delle Macie Moonlite Chardonnay from Tuscany. Pink wines included Portillo Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina and Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Rouge from the Rhone Valley in France.

The primary course of a salmon tataki appetizer with seasonal greens and heat bread was served an hour after takeoff.


It was wonderful. I discovered the salmon to be too fishy, however I am not particularly keen on seafood to start with. The blended greens had been good, although they may have performed with a bit of extra romaine leaves. The bread choice was good, although I discover the bread on American Airways could be a bit exhausting at instances.

For the primary course, I had the steak, which was served with a scrumptious potato and celery gratin, caramelized carrots and roasted leek slices. The sirloin was served with truffle jus. Not like different steaks I’ve had on American, this was cooked completely and retained a bit of of the pink contained in the meat. I totally loved the steak.


I did not love the roasted leeks, as they had been a bit robust. The caramelized carrots had been completely cooked, nonetheless, with a pleasant contact of sweetness. As for the cauliflower mash, I might eat that day-after-day of the week and be pleased.

There have been additionally a number of dessert choices:

  • Traditional sundaes with a selection of toppings
  • Fruit plate
  • Cheesecake

I bought to pattern two completely different desserts. I had a butterscotch sundae with additional whipped cream, and Steven additionally introduced me a cheesecake. Each desserts had been scrumptious.

Flight attendants put out snacks within the mid-cabin galley between the 2 enterprise class cabins after the meal service concluded. There have been finger sandwiches, small dishes of fruit or carrot sticks and hummus, Effectively & Really Crunchies and Peakz crunchy, salted caramel candies.

There was additionally bottled water obtainable. Each time I went again, a flight attendant requested if I wanted a drink.

A light-weight meal was served round an hour and 20 minutes earlier than touchdown in New York. All passengers had been provided cocktails or wine, recent juice, tea, and occasional, in addition to a selection of the next sizzling objects:

  • Toasted barbecue sandwich with pulled beef and melted brie within the center
  • Orzo pasta salad with backyard peas, zucchini, feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, pepper pearls, pumpkin seeds and balsamic French dressing

I had the barbecue sandwich, which was smothered in melted cheese and served with a dish of recent fruit, Kent sea salt and vinegar crisps, and a Lily O’Brien’s milk chocolate mousse with caramel sauce. Whereas it wasn’t the healthiest selection, it certain was scrumptious.

Service all through the flight was wonderful, with a pleasant crew of 9 flight attendants. Steven and Mia, who labored my row, had been particularly well mannered and cheerful, whereas different flight attendants additionally repeatedly handed via the cabin to see if passengers wanted something. One other member of the crew procured a brand new headset for me when my first pair wasn’t working.

I did the flight attendant name button check. It took a number of minutes for them to reply, as they had been preparing for touchdown on the time.

My flight was scheduled for about 8 1/2 hours. After an on-time departure, we arrived in New York 45 minutes early. Whereas it meant I had much less time to take pleasure in enterprise class, it was nonetheless good to get house early, and I am certain connecting passengers had been pleased.

Would you advocate American Airways enterprise class?


After a nice flight from Rome to New York, I might advocate American Airways enterprise class. It is not the fanciest or latest enterprise class, however it’s a cushty technique to cross the Atlantic. I lucked out with an incredible crew and even arrived in New York early.

American’s Tremendous Diamond seats really feel spacious, although I’ve a number of quibbles, just like the tightness on the hips and toes, and the headrest that does not fairly lay flat. Nonetheless, I had the higher of two variations of the airline’s 777-200 seats.

Don’t fret if you find yourself with the Zodiac seats as an alternative; I’ve discovered these Zodiac seats pretty snug for sleeping on in a single day flights I’ve taken lately, although they really feel like they transfer a bit of or “rock.” I feel they recline a bit flatter since there’s not as a lot of a spot between the headrest and the again of the seat.


If you will discover a good deal on AA enterprise class to Europe, it is a good trip, particularly in the event you get an incredible crew just like the one I had.

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