American Airlines Reveals Transcontinental A321 Product

American Airlines has revealed the cabin products for its forthcoming transcontinental Airbus A321 service, which is scheduled to replace the current Boeing 767-200s in late 2013. Passengers onboard these flights, which include the popular services between New York (John F. Kennedy), Los Angeles and San Francisco, can look forward to full-flat beds in First Class and Business Class as well as Main Cabin Extra seating.


The airline worked with consultancy James Park Associates to create the new cabin environments. At the pointy end of the jet, 10 shell seats designed by Sigma Aero (a variant of fellow Oneworld carrier Cathay Pacific’s highly-acclaimed Business Class product) are configured in a 1-1 layout, featuring direct-aisle access and ample storage spaces.


Business Class gets 20 BE Aerospace-designed seats in a 2-2 layout, with 15.4-inch personal screen paired with noise-canceling Bose headphones delivering a comprehensive entertainment suite. Main Cabin economy will be fitted with slimline seating from Recaro in a 3-3 configuration, including 36 Main Cabin Extra seats offering more legroom.


Common to all classes will be a information and communication system that includes Wi-Fi internet access, seat-to-seat chat, live text news and weather updates, 3D and airport moving maps together with connecting gate information. There will also be universal AC power outlets and USB connectivity at every seat, which will appeal to business travellers.


The new A321 transcontinental product is expected to give American Airlines an advantage over its rivals. The carrier will be the only airline to offer 3-class service coast-to-coast, which should prove popular with premium travellers who regularly shuttle between the major cities.


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