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09 September 2013
Commercial Aircraft

Spreading its wings: Specially configured Airbus A321s to debut on transcontinental routes for American Airlines

A321Transcon Business Class Front HR
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10 September 2013

A321Transcon Business Class Front HR

American Airlines will soon provide a three-class layout for transcontinental flights on its new Airbus A321s – which includes these full lie-flat beds in business class

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10 September 2013

A321 American Airlines Main Cabin Back HR

Inside American Airlines’ new A321s – which are equipped with Sharklets – passengers will benefit from Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the cabin, as well as inflight entertainment (IFE) and 100v AC power outlets and USB jacks at every seat

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10 September 2013

A321 American Airlines First Class HR

The first class cabin offered in American Airlines’ new Airbus A321s will feature full lie-flat beds for coast-to-coast direct service initially between New York and Los Angeles, followed by a New York-San Francisco route

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Summary

American Airlines soon will take advantage of the flexibility that Airbus’ single-aisle A320 Family offers to its operators, becoming the first airline to utilize an A321 aircraft outfitted with a three-class interior and full lie-flat seats in business and first class.

These Sharklet-equipped A321ceo (current engine option) jetliners – of which Airbus is scheduled to provide the first version to American Airlines later this year – are specially tailored for the carrier’s transcontinental flights across the United States. 
In addition to the upgraded seat offerings in first and business class, passengers throughout the cabin will experience full Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as inflight entertainment (IFE), 110v universal AC power outlets and USB jacks at every seat. For the first time on an A321, the interior also contains four full-service galleys. 
American Airlines plans to begin operations in early 2014 with this A321 configuration, starting with the 2,500-mile route between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Los Angeles International Airport, and later adding additional service linking JFK to San Francisco International Airport (nearly 2,600 miles). 
In July, American Airlines took delivery of its first A320 Family aircraft – Airbus’ initial A319 featuring Sharklets – as part of the carrier’s fleet renewal plan that includes 260 jetliners from this single-aisle product line comprised of both NEO (new engine option) and CEO variants. 
A321Transcon Business Class Front HR
 

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