American Airlines to Return Airbus A321T Fleet to Premium Transcon Routes

By Kurt Stolz on 26 January 2021
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An American Airlines crew in an A321T

American Airlines said it would begin to return its Airbus A321T subfleet of aircraft to its premium transcon routes in March.

“The A321T will start to return in March, supplementing some of the wide-body flying that has been operating over the past few months,” the airline said in a statement.  “As customers safely return to the sky, we look forward to bringing back the product they know and love on an important route.”

The airline took delivery of its first A321T in November 2013 and the inaugural A321T flights took place on January 7, 2014. The aircraft in the subfleet were outfitted specifically for the requirements of the two premium transcon routes, namely New York to both San Francisco and Los Angeles.

American is the world’s largest operator of the A321, and the A321T is the subfleet the airline uses for its premium transcon service.

The aircraft have ten fully lie-flat seats in a 1-1 configuration in the first-class cabin.  The 21.5”-wide seat extends into a bed with a length of approximately 82.5”.

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

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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