American Airlines Airbus A321s First Class Seattle-Dallas – Review
It is no secret to frequent fliers that Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines is deep in the process of major fleet renewal. Starting several years ago with the Boeing 777-300, the carrier has added hundreds of new airplanes.
Many have received their share of positive press, but one that has flown under the radar is the Airbus A321s. Overshadowed by its impressively outfitted three-class A321 Transcontinental sibling, the more modest two-class s-model serves less prestigious routes across the US, and will soon add Hawaii. On a sunny August afternoon, I hopped on board to try out the forgotten Airbus between Seattle and Dallas.
I arrived to the airport at 1:30 p.m., well in advance of the 3:30 p.m. scheduled departure time. Check-in was easy, with no wait at an AA kiosk on the ticketing level. Security lines were likewise short, aided by the ability to hop into the premium line.
American does not operate an Admirals Club lounge in Seattle, opting instead to use the Board Room lounge of partner carrier Alaska Airlines. While passengers with a domestic first-class ticket are not accorded lounge access, I was nonetheless able to get in thanks to a friend with a membership card.
The lounge is spacious and well appointed. Hot soups, salad bar, and snack foods were available along with a full bar that comes with three free drink tickets. It was 90 minutes well spent, but not worth the $50ish day-pass fee.
Boarding began early, with first class invited to board first. Following the FBT tradition, I quickly settled into seat 1A aboard a three-week old Airbus A321s. A friendly cabin crew member served pre-flight beverages.