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A Sneak Peek At The American Airlines A321 Transcontinental Interior, Which Debuts In January 2014

by on November 20, 2013 · 10 comments

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As I’ve talked about before, American Airlines will start replacing its aging widebody 767 aircraft with a large new order of smaller A321’s beginning in January 2014, and I’m personally excited to start flying the new planes transcontinentally. It’ll still be a little while before we get to see them, but American has released a video of the interior:

Looks pretty snazzy. The new fleet of Airbus A321s will take to the skies at the beginning of 2014, servicing the transcontinental route from New York JFK-Los Angeles.

The new A321’s will have 10 fully lie-flat seats in a 1 x 1 configuration in first class. Business Class will have 20 lie-flat seats in a 2 x 2 configuration, while the Main Cabin will be 3 x 3 with 36 Main Cabin Extra seats. The entertainment systems on these aircraft will also have seat-to-seat chat, live text news and weather updates, 3-D moving maps, airport maps and connecting gate information. Travelers in premium classes will have access to free entertainment on the 15.4-inch screens, and Bose headsets.

When it comes to amenities, American is really stepping up its game and the main cabin features in-flight entertainment in every seat, WiFi, USB and A/C power outlet, iPod connectivity and digital chat rooms.

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The main cabin of the American Airlines A321.

American’s aim is to introduce new planes “designed to bring you a more modern, comfortable and connected experience” – and I think they are doing a pretty job so far with their new 777-300ERs.

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The American Airlines Facebook contest.

In an effort to promote the A321, AA launched a sweepstakes on Facebook this week. In order to enter the contest, all you have to do is log in to Facebook and visit this page. You will then be asked to “Like” American’s Facebook page and then enter your personal information such as first name, last name, email and AAdvantage number. Once you have submitted that information you will see a confirmation that you have been entered for a chance to win 25,0000 AAdvantage miles.

For information on the new developments at American and other transcontinental  options, read my previous posts below:

Maximize Monday: Transcontinental Comparison: Worth It To Switch To JetBlue?
American Airlines On Facebook For A Chance To Win 25,000 AAdvantage Miles
Top 10 Airline Products I Can’t Wait To Fly
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  • Greg

    has anybody else experienced these “new and improved” coach seats…maybe they take some getting used to but I find them significantly less comfortable than the old seats

  • Tommy

    Looks like their first class A321 seats are basically their biz 777-300ER seats. Am I missing something?

  • Scott

    Major problem — They’re decreasing the # of business class to 20 down from 30. If it has been hard to get an upgrade lately, we ain’t seen nothing yet.

  • Henry

    Not surprised they didn’t show economy on the 777-300 so you don’t see how they are going to pack them in 10 across… :(

  • Jps_nyc

    The a321 seat looks like the united (legacy co) business class flatbed seat.

  • Eric

    I think this is the economy seat being used on their new 737-8/900. Flew recently LGA-MIA and yes, it felt…. awkward? I think we just have to get used to it. The seat pan slides forward as you recline. Although I do love rows 16 and 17, with the blocked out center seat.

  • jncreative

    tragically all of these passengers just freaked out at the end of the video when the plane rolled 80 degrees to the left. :)

  • Greg

    not sure about the excitement with the 321. To me its like getting excited about flying a 757 across the Atlantic ocean. Now if they were doing a widebody like a 747 or A380, now that would be exciting.
    Going from a widebody to a single aisle is partly a downgrade in my books. Also the reduction in seats doesn’t make too much sense to me. Do you really need lie flat seats on a trans con?

  • studd

    Lets talk about the facts absent the <Press Releases and free trips for some bloggers

    Upgrades will be harder to get with fewer Biz seats
    New Economy extra and regular Economy seats are horrible with less padding and smaller widths. From what is going on with the old legacy MD80s birds they are reducing legroom in both economy and main cabin extra!

    Absent all the PR talk from AA things are getting A LOT WORSE for regular and elite travelers. Back to UA everybody!

  • studd

    Lets talk about the facts absent the <Press Releases and free trips for some bloggers

    Upgrades will be harder to get with fewer Biz seats
    New Economy extra and regular Economy seats are horrible with less padding and smaller widths. From what is going on with the old legacy MD80s birds they are reducing legroom in both economy and main cabin extra!

    Absent all the PR talk from AA things are getting A LOT WORSE for regular and elite travelers. Back to UA everybody!

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