MIAMI — American Airlines will begin flying its first two-class Airbus A321 (321B) aircraft on August 1. The carrier will primarily initially operate them on flights out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
From August 1 to August 18, the carrier will fly one daily round trip flight between Los Angeles and Dallas/Fort Worth. From September 3 to October 1, the carrier will fly two daily flights on this route.
From September 3 to October 1, the carrier will fly its A321 once daily between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Miami will also see the two-class A321. From August 19 through October 1, American will operate one daily flight from Los Angeles to Miami.
The carrier will also fly the two-class A321 between Dallas/Ft. Worth and San Francisco once daily from September 3 to October 1.
At this time, it’s not clear where the carrier will fly the two-class A321 aircraft to after October 1.
In 2011, American Airlines announced an order for 460 new narrow-body jets (plus 465 options). The airline ordered Boeing 737-800s, 737 MAXs, A319s, A320neos, and the A321 to replace its aging fleet.
The carrier planned to use the A321 to replace its 757s and 767-200s. The carrier took delivery of its first A321 last year, but these aircraft arrived in a three-class configuration for transcontinental flights. Now, the carrier plans to take delivery of its first A321 sometime in July.
The two-class A321 interior will be very similar to the new interior that was introduced on American’s A319 aircraft.
The aircraft will be equipped with 16 seats in first class seats manufactured by Weber in a 2-2 configuration. The entertainment system will boast approximately 200 movies, up to 180 TV programs, more than 350 audio selections, and 15 games on a 12.1 inch screen. All portions of the entertainment system are complimentary in First Class, except of course the GoGo in-flight wi-fi.
There will be approximately 33 Main Cabin Extra seats and 132 Main Cabin seats all in a 3-3 configuration. The Main Cabin Extra seats will offer a few extra inches of seat pitch. Each seat will be equipped with one universal AC power outlet and a USB jack. The screens in the Main Cabin will be approximately 8.9 inches. However, the entire entertainment system will not be free. Customers will have the option to view complimentary content, pay-to-access packages or pay-per-view movies.