Expedited security clearance and better seats are among the perks being dangled by American Airlines to attract and retain international business travellers, CNBC reports.
Corporate travellers who book economy class flights on American Airlines can get seated toward the front of the aircraft cabin in seats normally available only for an added fee. Business travellers also receive priority status when clearing security, at check-in, and during boarding, as well as during weather delays or other operational slowdowns.
Preferential treatment is being extended to travellers flying on American Airlines partners British Airlines, Iberia, and Finnair, so long as the flights are booked through American.
The perks are being extended as American Airlines struggles to adjust to the grounding of its Boeing 737 Max jets and what the airline characterises as an illegal work slowdown by its mechanics union.