Breakdown: American Airlines and Short-Haul Fleet Renewal

On the heels of their recent announcement of improvements to the Boeing 777-200 and Boeing 767-300 fleets, as well as the introduction of new premium classes on their Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, American Airlines today announced the introduction of improvements to their short-haul fleet.

A321 Transcontinental

Beginning in November 2013, American will begin to take delivery of A321 aircraft, intended to replace the Boeing 767-200 that currently operates American’s Flagship Service routes like New York – Los Angeles, and New York – San Francisco. American competes with United, who currently offers a three-class transcontinental service with their Premium Service aircraft. However, United will soon begin transitioning the P.S. service to two-class, making American the only airline to offer a three-class transcontinental service.

First (10 seats configured in a 1-1 arrangement) and business class (20 seats configured in a 2-2 arrangement) will feature American’s new first and business class products which will be introduced later this year on the Boeing 777-300 aircraft. The new cabins are a huge step up for premium fliers, and will feature huge improvements in both seat comfort and in-flight entertainment. More information about exact IFE features can be found here.

Economy fliers will also see huge improvements, with PTVs, AC power, and USB jacks at every seat. Those who want extra legroom can take advantage of Main Cabin Extra, with up to six inches of extra legroom. Wi-Fi will be offered on every flight.

Economy class on an A321 Transcontinental aircraft.

Domestic Fleet

Huge improvements are also coming to American’s domestic fleet of Boeing 737-800s, as well as A321s and A319s which will be delivered starting in summer 2013. Enhancements include new first and economy classes both with PTVs, USB, and AC jacks, Wi-Fi, and Main Cabin Extra seating. These aircraft will replace domestic Boeing 757 and MD-80 airplanes.

Summary

All in all, these changes are a huge win for passengers. It’s great to see American investing in their fleet and making a concerted effort in the field of passenger experience. Hopefully everything goes well for them!

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