American Announces New First and Business Class Cabins for Transcontinental Flights
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 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.
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.