In 2014, American Airlines introduced the Airbus A321 in a premium cabin-heavy configuration. This configuration, the A321T (T meaning transcontinental), features 10 first class seats, 20 business class seats, 36 main cabin extra seats, and 36 standard main cabin seats. While the typical A321-200 can accommodate nearly 200 passengers in a 2-class configuration, American Airlines’ A321T has seating for just 102 passengers.
In addition to holding almost 50% fewer passengers, American Airlines’ A321T comes with some other noteworthy features including all-aisle access for first class passengers, lie-flat seats for business class passengers, and added legroom in most of the main cabin. Here’s a post highlighting some of the top posts about the American Airlines A321T published by TravelUpdate writers.
A Brief Overview of the American Airlines Airbus A321T
This post has already covered most of what travelers need to know about the American Airlines Airbus A321T. However, this section will go a little further in-depth on American Airlines’ premium Airbus narrowbody aircraft.
|Number of Airbus A321T in American's Fleet||17 (+1 removed from service)|
|Number of First Class Seats||10|
|Number of Business Class Seats||20|
|Number of Main Cabin Extra Seats||36|
|Number of Main Cabin Seats||36|
|Maximum Range||~3480 miles|
|Introduced to American Airlines Fleet||2014|
On What Routes Does American Airlines Fly The Airbus A321T?
Since the A321T is specially configured to serve routes with a high demand for premium traffic, American Airlines only flies the A321T on a select few routes. As of December 2021, 5 routes receive the Airbus A321T as part of American Airlines’ Flagship service. Here’s an overview of the routes served by American Airlines’ A321T:
Routes and Cities
|Route||Frequency of Flights||Eligible for Flagship Services|
|JFK - LAX||All flights operated with A321T||Yes|
|JFK - SNA||All flights operated with A321T||Yes|
|JFK - SFO||All flights operated with A321T||Yes|
|BOS - LAX||All flights operated with A321T||Yes|
|MIA - LAX||Seasonal service. Some flights operated by A321T when offered on this route.||Yes. Flagship services available to eligible passengers when aircraft is operated on this route.|
|JFK - BOS||Most flights operated with A321T||No. Aircraft is treated as a two-class configured A321 with business class available to AAdvantage elites or sold as Main Cabin Extra.|
American Airlines A321T First Class Reviews
American Airlines is the only airline that offers three classes of service on transcontinental flights. As a matter of fact, American Airlines is the last US airline to offer both first class and business class service. However, American Airlines’ first class service on-board select routes served by the A321T is especially unique.
With just 10 seats in a 1-1 configuration, the first class cabin found on the A321T feels especially private. The product found onboard the A321T is actually the same seat found on American Airlines’ Boeing 777-300 in business class. Each seat has access to the aisle and is fully lie-flat. It’s one of the most comfortable premium products in the sky.
On the ground, eligible passengers can enjoy fine dining in one of the American Airlines Flagship First Dining Rooms located at select Flagship Lounges. First class passengers will also enjoy access to dedicated check-in facilities and security screening while on the ground. While the Flagship First experience is remarkable on the ground, it’s arguably better once in the air.
Check out the posts below for full reviews of the American Airlines A321T first class experience:
- 2016: American Airlines A321T First Class from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) – by Max Prosperi
- 2015: American Airlines A321T First Class from San Francisco (SFO) to New York (JFK) – by The Millenial Traveler
- 2020: American Airlines Flagship Dining at LAX Review – by The Millenial Traveler
- 2019: American Airlines Flagship Dining at JFK Review – by Max Prosperi
- 2018: American Airlines Flagship Lounge New York-JFK Review – by The Flight Detective
- 2016: American Airlines Flagship Lounge at JFK Review – by Max Prosperi
American Airlines A321T Business Class Reviews
In addition to offering an elevated first class experience, American Airlines also offers an elevated business class experience onboard its Airbus A321T. American’s A321T features 20 business class seats in a 2-2 configuration. However, American’s business class seat that’s found on the A321T is fully lie-flat and offers added space compared to traditional narrowbody business class seating.
Business class passengers, like first class passengers, will also enjoy a more premium experience on the ground. While first class passengers have access to Flagship First check-in and security screening, business class passengers can access standard priority check-in and security screening. Business class passengers also receive access to Admiral’s Clubs and Flagship Lounges. Business class passengers also enjoy an elevated experience onboard as part of American Airlines’ Flagship Business service on eligible routes.
Check out the posts below for full reviews of the American Airlines A321T business class experience:
- 2018: American Airlines A321T Business Class from Los Angeles (LAX) to New York (JFK) – by Takeoff to Travel
- 2018: American Airlines A321T Business Class from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) – by Takeoff to Travel
- 2018: Comparing American Airlines’ New and Old Flagship Business Class Amenity Kits – by Takeoff to Travel
- 2018: American Airlines Flagship Lounge at LAX (Business Class Lounge) Review – by Takeoff to Travel
The Bottom Line
American Airlines is no stranger to criticism of the service it offers its passengers. The past few years have brought a marked decrease in the level of service offered by the airline. However, there is one bright spot that remains relatively untouched by the changes made to in-flight services. American Airlines’ Airbus A321T offers passengers seated in first and business class a unique and premium experience.
Configured with just 102 seats, the A321T is one of the most unique aircraft found in an airline’s fleet. Additionally, passengers traveling in the first and business class cabins will have access to premium facilities on the ground while also having the opportunity to enjoy an elevated in-flight experience while onboard.
Have you ever flown on the American Airlines A321T? Do you have any other questions about the aircraft and the services offered to passengers?
(Featured image contains media from American Airlines)
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