MIAMI — Photos of the first American Airlines Airbus A321 have been released by the airline Thursday from the Airbus factory in Hamburg, Germany.
Additional images were also posted today on German spotting site Aviation Friends Hamburg. The airplane, currently in flight testing, is scheduled to be delivered during the week of November 18th, and is set to begin service with the airline on January 7th, 2014.
The new Airbus planes are expected to be the cream of the on-board product crop in the ongoing transcon-premium wars. The low density configuration is decidedly geared toward the high yield crowd, which American has traditionally dominated. Each airplane will feature 10 seats in first class (1-1 config) and 20 (2-2 config) in business. Both cabins will feature lie-flat seats, the new standard in the US transcontinental market. Main cabin extra and main cabin economy will have 36 seats each.
The first order for the aircraft was placed back in 2011. They are set to replace the carrier’s aging fleet of Boeing 767-200 airplanes on transcontinental routes.
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.