Last year British Airways completed replacing the usual 18 first-class seats in its long-haul jets with a dozen semi-private "pods."
The same month, the airline placed an order for up to four Vickers VC10 long-haul jets costing £2.8 million apiece.
Last year, Virgin Atlantic wired up four long-haul jets for e-mail-only service through Tenzing Communications, with plans to expand it to its entire fleet.
The McDonnell Douglas Corporation is considering building a 400-seat long-haul jet to compete with the Boeing 747, The Financial Times reported in today's issue.
The plane touched down on a runway that was lengthened in September to accommodate long-haul jets from Europe.
He said that planes on the New York-London route would be converted first, followed by the rest of its Boeing 747 and 777 long-haul jets.
The company has been outpacing its rival Airbus in selling wide-body and other long-haul jets, including the 787, which is scheduled for initial deliveries next year.
The order was for six four-engined Airbus A340-300 long-haul widebodied jets.
In contrast, the Concorde used about twice as much fuel per passenger as the long-haul jet it was built to compete with, the Boeing 747.
American and United put most of their efforts into their premium seats, in business and first class, especially for long-haul jets on lucrative international routes.