American Airlines Airbus A321s First Class Seattle-Dallas – Review

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Other features include an impressive 3D map viewer, and e-reader, along with information about connecting gates and the airline.

IN-FLIGHT SERVICE

In-flight service began not long after departure, starting with a round of hot towels. A bowl of warm mixed nuts, complemented by another mixed drink, followed soon after.

The main course consisted of cheese tortellini in a red sauce, topped with shaved parmesan. A side salad with feta cheese and a side dish of various delicacies thrilled the palate.

However, the pièce de résistance was the desert: an ice cream sundae. It wasn’t the usual block of vanilla with chopped nuts. No, this sundae featured caramel ice cream with little chocolate cups full of caramel, topped with shaved chocolate and pretzel pieces. It was a little cup full of heaven, and I loved it.

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ARRIVAL

Our flight touched down twenty minutes early, but undid most of the gain with nearly twenty minutes spent on taxiways. We deplaned at the gate on schedule, and being in 1A, I was curbside in no time at all.

BOTTOM LINE

I’ve had the opportunity to fly American domestic first several times this year, and I’ve never been disappointed (unfortunately, I can’t say the same for international flights). The hard product was comfortable but uninspiring and the food good enough, but the carrier’s crews have always been friendly and helpful.

Yet this flight left me feeling like I stumbled on a completely new American. Gone was the aging product, replaced by a solid new seat. More importantly, AA has chosen well with the Thales inflight entertainment system; a huge improvement over its generally lackluster predecessors. In like fashion the catering was impressive, delivering one of the best domestic first dining experiences I’ve had to date. AA tells me they use LSG Skychefs in Seattle. I hope AA keeps them around.

Overall, the A321s might be overshadowed by its transcontinental brethren, but that hardly means it can’t hold its own. Between the Airbus and the usual older 737s on the Seattle-Dallas route, I’d go out of my way for the newer Airbus every time.

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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