Customers onboard American Airlines Flight 172 from New York (JFK) to Brussels (BRU) on Thursday, May 7, will be among the first to experience American’s newly-reconfigured Boeing 757 international aircraft on a trans-Atlantic flight.

American is in the process of reconfiguring 18 of its 124 Boeing 757s for use on international routes, and Thursday’s JFK-to-Brussels flight is the first to make an international journey with the new configuration. Featuring new seats, new cabin interiors, and updated inflight entertainment systems, the reconfiguration – slated for completion by the end of this year – will offer customers a comfortable international travel experience.

“American Airlines fleet of Boeing 757 international aircraft will be well-suited to serve select international routes following the refurbishment initiative,” said Lauri Curtis, American’s vice president – onboard service.

The 757 Business Class cabin, with a 2-2 seating configuration, features 16 next-generation, angled, lie-flat seats with drop-down armrests; the ability to slide forward-interlocking tray tables that create one of the largest workspaces in the industry; on-demand audio/video in-seat entertainment systems providing 28 movies, more than 33 hours of television programming, 16 audio channels, 50 audio CDs, 15 interactive games, and new lavatories.

The Economy Class cabin, with 166 seats in a 3-3 configuration, will receive new seats, new lavatories, new LCD monitors that replace CRT monitors, and digital media file servers that will provide better inflight video and audio entertainment quality.

The 757 international fleet will serve select trans-Atlantic and Latin American routes. Routes are subject to change, but may include New York to Barcelona, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Brussels; Boston to Paris Charles de Gaulle; and Miami to Salvador, Brazil, to Recife, Brazil.