American Announces New First and Business Class Cabins for Transcontinental Flights

By Paul Riegler on 23 July 2012
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First class cabin in a new Airbus A321 Transcon

American Airlines announced plans to offer fully lie-flat seats in both first and business class on its new Airbus A321 Transcon fleet of aircraft.

The new planes will go into service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

The A321 Transcon will have 10 first-class seats in a 1-1 configuration, 20 business-class seats in a 2-2 configuration, and 72 coach seats including Main Cabin Extra premium economy seating.

The fully lie-flat first-class seats all have direct aisle access and were designed by Sicma.  The seats have a large tray table and work surface, easy-to-use controls, and an individual storage compartment.  The fully lie-flat business-class seats were designed by BE.

All seats in the main cabin were designed by Recaro and will be in a 3-3 configuration.  Half of the cabin, or 36 seats, will be Main Cabin Extra premium economy seating.

Infotainment features include Wi-Fi, seat-to-seat chat, live news, 3-D moving maps, and travel information.  Passengers in first- and business-class cabins will have an enhanced in-flight entertainment system with a 15.4” high-definition display that will provide access to 75 movies, 150 TV programs, 15 games, and 350 audio tracks.  Passengers in these cabins will also receive Bose QuietComfort noise-reduction headsets.

Passengers in the main cabin will have an individual 8.9” high-definition display with a selection of movies, TV programs, games, and audio tracks.

Delivery of the Airbus A321 Transcon sub-fleet will start in November 2013 and will replace the American’s Boeing 767-200 jets currently in use on these routes.  American also announced information about its plans to replace its Boeing 757-200 and MD-80 aircraft.


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