American’s New Transcontinental A321’s Begin To Take Flight

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American Airlines will begin flying their new A321’s from New York-Los Angeles on January 7, 2014, meaning if you’re looking to get on of these flights the first day, make sure to get your ticket now.


These new planes will feature three classes of services including First, Business, and Coach, making them the only airline to fly a three class product between New York and Los Angeles. Most of the other carriers such as Delta, United, Virgin America and now JetBlue offer just a two class product with Business Class and coach.

You can watch the video on their new planes here or by clicking below.


Details of the New A321’s include:

  • The First Class cabin will be outfitted with 10 fully lie-flat seats in a 1-1 configuration giving every seat direct aisle access – a feature that no other domestic airline offers.
  • The Business Class cabin will be outfitted with 20 fully lie-flat seats, designed by BE, in a 2-2 configuration.
  • In the Main Cabin, the seats will be designed by Recaro and arranged in a 3-3 configuration. The option to enjoy more legroom is available with 36 Main Cabin Extra seats and the aircraft also offers 36 Main Cabin seats.
  • American plans to outfit the entire aircraft with seat-to-seat chat; live text news and weather updates, 3-D moving maps, airport maps, connecting gate information, and more.
  • For customers traveling in the premium class cabins, a complimentary inflight entertainment selection of up to 75 movies, more than 150 TV programs, more than 350 audio selections and up to 15 games will be available on a 15.4-inch HD-capable touchscreen monitor positioned in each seat. Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headsets will be available.
  • In Main Cabin every seatback will have an 8.9-inch HD-capable touchscreen monitor with an assortment of movies, TV programs, games and audio selections.
  • American intends to take delivery of these aircraft beginning in Nov. 2013 through 2014. The A321 transcontinental aircraft will replace American’s existing fleet of Boeing 767-200s and fly between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and JFK and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

American plans to take delivery of 130 current generation Airbus aircraft from the A321 and A319 variants and 100 current generation Boeing 737-800s through 2017. Also beginning in 2017, American will take delivery of 130 next generation Airbus aircraft and beginning in 2018 the airline plans to take delivery of 100 next generation 737 MAX aircraft. American plans to configure some of the A321s for use on transcontinental flights and intends to use the remaining A321s, as well as all of the A319s and new Boeing 737-800s to retire aging aircraft in its existing fleet.

Bottom Line

I know one of my New Year’s resolution’s is to fly on these new planes. How about you?

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  1. Zippy touchscreen megaplexes on the back of each seat are all well and good, but do they come bundled wth “Ha ha, your underseat stowage space is blocked by equipment”? When this is true for 4 pax per 8-seat row (Delta A330-300s, I’m looking at you) it is well beyond a minor inconvenience.

    SeatGuru refers to video boxes in text, if you look closely, but doesn’t flag the seats as problematic. I guess they don’t want to color EVERY SECOND SEAT bright yellow.

  2. That American will be the first airline to offer three classes of service between NY and LA is simply not true. United has been running a 3-class 757 on the JFK-LAX and JFK-SFO routes for at least the last four years. All American is doing is trying to keep up with the competition, not innovate.

  3. American has already been offering 3-class service between NY and LAX for years now…no news there…

  4. American is the only airline who CURRENTLY offers First Class service in the Transcon Markets. UA used to, but no longer does, having reconfigured the 757 PS aircraft for a 2 cabin offering. Ditto DL/VX. Article CORRECTLY states the service offerings-

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