American Gets First Airbus A321 Transcontinental Aircraft

By Jesse Sokolow on 21 November 2013
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American's first A321T

American’s first A321T landing in Hamburg, Germany

American Airlines announced that it has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321 Transcontinental aircraft.  The plane is expected to go into service on the airline’s New York-Los Angeles route next January, and the New York-San Francisco route in March.

Initially, the A321T will operate two of American’s daily flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.  Beginning in June, the carrier will increase the frequency of its flights between the two cities to 13, and the aircraft type will operate on all of them.

American will increase the frequency of flights between New York and San Francisco International Airport to five in June as well, and will use the  A321T for all of them.

American’s A321 Transcontinental will have ten fully lie-flat seats in a 1-1 configuration in first class.  The 21.5”-wide seat will extend into a bed with an approximate length of 82.5”.

In business class, the aircraft will have 20 lie-flat seats in a 2-2 configuration, each with a width of 18.5” and a length of 75-78”.  The aircraft will also have 36 seats in premium economy, and 36 seats in the main cabin


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