Out with the old and in with the new.
American Airlines showed off their brand-new Airbus A321 at John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on Tuesday and upped the game in the ever-competitive transcontinental market. Â I was invited to take a tour.
The A321 with be replacing American’s aging Boeing 767-200 on the JFK/LAX route starting January 7th, and the JFK/SFO shortly thereafter, and will offer a welcomed upgrade for passengers.
American will be the only carrier to offer a three-class cabin, featuring fully lie-flat seats in both First and Business Class, on a narrow-body aircraft. The First Class cabin will be outfitted with 10 fully lie-flat seats in a 1-1 configuration, giving each seat direct aisle access.
Business class will have 20 fully lie-flat seats in a 2-2 configuration. Each premium class seat features a 15.4-inch HD-capable touchscreen monitor offering a selection of in-flight entertainment including movies, TV programs, audio selections, and games.
In Main Cabin (economy) every seat will have an 8.9-inch HD-capable touchscreen monitor with an assortment of movies, TV programs, games and audio selections. Â Only a portion of the content is free.
For a narrow-body trans-con product, I think American’s new A321T has taken the lead on these routes. Â It will be interesting how American will compete with JetBlue’s new Mint product and United’s more established PS.
The new product mirrors quite nicely the look on American’s new Boeing 777-300ERÂ and continues the airline’s move to become the #NewAmerican.Â But the question still remains; will the flag on the tail stay on this A321 or will it be replaced with the classic AA logo?