Continuing its fleet renewal momentum this year, American Airlines today took delivery of the first Airbus A321 Transcontinental aircraft, complete with fully lie-flat First and Business Class seats. The new aircraft is scheduled to enter service next year, making American the only U.S. carrier to offer customers more choices with a three-class configuration when flying between New York and Los Angeles, and New York and San Francisco.
American will begin operating the A321T between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Los Angeles
International Airport (LAX) in January. The aircraft will initially
operate two of American's daily flights between JFK and LAX and will
operate all frequencies between the two airports in June, when American
increases its frequencies to 13 daily flights. The A321T will also begin
flying between JFK and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in March 2014
and will operate all frequencies between the two airports in June, when
American increases its frequencies to five daily flights.
"The flexibility of the A320 Family cabin allows airlines creative freedom with their passenger amenities," said John Leahy,
Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers. "American has clearly taken
advantage of all this aircraft has to offer and customized its A321 to
optimize operations and customers' comfort."
The new A321T
incorporates the latest improvements to reduce fuel burn, marking
another important advancement toward American's efforts to build a more
fuel-efficient fleet. On the road to building a younger and more modern
fleet, American plans to take delivery of nearly 60 new aircraft total
by the end of the year, including new Boeing 777-300ERs, Boeing
737-800s, Airbus A319s and Airbus A321Ts. The airline will continue its
fleet renewal program in 2014 with more new aircraft deliveries,
including the Boeing 787, which is scheduled to join American's fleet
late next year.
In addition, American's current and future
deliveries from the Airbus A320 Family, including the A321T, feature
Airbus' Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS). This onboard cockpit
technology increases pilots' situational awareness during landing,
reduces exposure to runway excursion risk, and, if necessary, provides