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AA Transcontinental Three Class Service Airbus A321 "A321T"

NOTE: The "32B" designation is used by ICAO for A321 (-100 and -200) family with "Sharklet" wingtips; the use of "32B" by AA has been applied to "321T", the three class aircraft described here and used on transcon service, and for the "A321", the two class A321S used in "normal" service as well as the A321H ETOPS version used on West Coast-Hawai'i service. ("321" is used by AA to describe non-Sharklets equipped LUS A321s.)

A subset of A321-200 aircraft has a three class configuration (with First and Business with horizontal full flat seats, as well as Main Cabin Extra and Main Cabin) for use on transcontinental JFK-LAX and JFK-SFO flights. First delivery was N101NN, Fleet No. 783, 21 Nov 2013. Inaugural flights were AA118 Lv LAX 0700 Ar JFK 1530 Tue 7 Jan 2014 and AA133 Lv JFK 1545 Ar LAX 1925. SFO-LAX began 6 Mar 2014.

These aircraft, referred to as "A321T" or "321T", have 10F in 1 + 1 layout, 20J in 2 + 2, and 72Y in 3 + 3 configuration (MCE rows 11-16); coded "321T" (32B in timetables). F has SICMA solo seats similar to 77W Business suites, J have B/E Aerospace horizontal lie flat seats; MCE and Main Cabin Recaro slimline seats. Pets have two small cabins flanking the aisle forward in F, called "Cuddle Class".

In Flight Entertainment is Audio-Video on Demand (AVOD), provided by Thales in its TopSeries system, with 15.4" touch screens offering "200 movies, 180 TV programs, more than 350 audio selections, up to 20 games, and 3-D moving maps" free in F and J, and $4.00 for most movies and TV in Y on an 8.9" touch screen. These are also controlled by universal remote controls. Bose QuietComfort headsets are provided in F and J; these are recovered by crew about an hour from your destination. (Unfortunately, the IFE system has turned out to be extremely unreliable; currently, do not expect to experience seamless AVOD on these aircraft. Some have reported successfully resetting by holding down "O" button over ten seconds on remote and the same procedure for the screen power on button.)

WiFi is provided by GoGo ATG-4 (cellular) service, and is not very fast. At seat power includes USB 5 VDC and universal 110 VAC outlets. The outlets are awkwardly placed by your head in J, in the seatback in front of you in coach.

Link to SeatGuru seat chart for AA A321T.


10 1st class seats by SICMA c/o business traveler.com


20 lie-flat Business Class seat pairs by B/E Aerospace


Business Class from the side


36 3 x 3 Recaro slimlines across MCE with enhanced seat pitch, IFE and


36 3 x 3 Recaro slimline Economy seats with seat-back IFE screens

First includes rows 1-5, and "Cuddle Class" pet cabins immediately in front of 1A and 1F. Business includes rows 6-10; MCE 11-16 have generous 35-37" pitch, Main Cabin 17-22" wide and 31-32" pitch.

In Main Cabin / Economy bulkhead row 11 has most legroom, but no window due to 3L and R doors and no underseat storage as there are no seats ahead of them.

Row 22 is the farthest aft and seats have limited recline.

Also note: Airbus A320 family - 156 inches (395 cm) outside width
Boeing 737 /757 - 148 inches (380 cm) outside diameter.

Older posts (2012, 2013, 2014) may be read in ARCHIVE: Airbus A321 Transcon / A321T / "32B" 3 class (consolidated 2012-2014).

Updated 2 Feb 2017 - JDiver





Which transcontinental AA flights are operated by A321-200 "A321T" three class aircraft?

All transcontinental non-stop flights scheduled
• JFK <-> LAX

• JFK<-> SFO
are operated by three class Airbus A321-200 "32B" (A321-200 with "Sharklets" wingtip devices.

No other regularly scheduled transcontinental non-stop flights (e.g. MIA-LAX, PHL-LAX or -SFO, etc.) use the three class A321-200 "A321T" - even if a "32B" might be used in the future, it will merely be a two class LAA A321-200 aircraft (with Sharklets).

For further discussion on seats, service, etc. on three class A321T aircraft, please see:

Best Business / First seat on LAA transcon Airbus A321 / A321T / "32B" (consolidated)

Best Economy / MCE seat on LAA transcon Airbus A321 / A321T / "32B" (consolidated)
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Old Sep 2, 15, 9:50 am   #121
  
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According to http://www.explorethenewamerican.com...21/first-class there's a mattress and bedding service on the transcon which I've never seen before

Is this new or an error on the website? I suspect the latter as it states a 6'8" bed whereas from memory it's only 6'
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I took this flight to San Francisco. Enjoyed it - good seat, good entertainment system, good wifi, good food, attentive service. For ~$1,500 round trip in business, this flight is entirely worth the cash cost. Admirals Club admittance is a plus, especially at the SFO end (The American/Virgin terminal at SFO is great). The quality and frequency of this flight is making me consider switching to American.
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According to http://www.explorethenewamerican.com...21/first-class there's a mattress and bedding service on the transcon which I've never seen before

Is this new or an error on the website? I suspect the latter as it states a 6'8" bed whereas from memory it's only 6'
I haven't noticed this, until you mention this link and it shows a mattress topper and duvet/pillow (which has always been the standard) I wonder if this is new, or ??
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Old Oct 5, 15, 12:43 pm   #124
  
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I took this flight to San Francisco. Enjoyed it - good seat, good entertainment system, good wifi, good food, attentive service. For ~$1,500 round trip in business, this flight is entirely worth the cash cost. Admirals Club admittance is a plus, especially at the SFO end (The American/Virgin terminal at SFO is great). The quality and frequency of this flight is making me consider switching to American.
Why would you get admirals club admittance unless I have missed something
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Old Oct 5, 15, 1:40 pm   #125
  
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Why would you get admirals club admittance unless I have missed something
Admirals Club access is included in the paid business class fare per the website. I was able to access the SFO club with a boarding pass (I didn't have time to access the JFK club). I am not a member.

EDIT - I just investigated some trips for next year. Seeing round trip business rates JFK to SFO for $1,200. Not bad.

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Old Oct 5, 15, 8:28 pm   #126
  
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Why would you get admirals club admittance unless I have missed something
Any business class ticket (including upgrades) on this route includes AC access.
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Any business class ticket (including upgrades) on this route includes AC access.
Any idea if other routes offer this internally in the USA ? Is there a page to find out?
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Any idea if other routes offer this internally in the USA ? Is there a page to find out?
I believe that it's only the JFK-SFO and JFK-LAX "flagship" service, which are also the only A321T flights.
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I believe that it's only the JFK-SFO and JFK-LAX "flagship" service, which are also the only A321T flights.
One of the MIA-LAX (and return) flights is also a 3 class intercontinental on a 772 (for now).
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One of the MIA-LAX (and return) flights is also a 3 class intercontinental on a 772 (for now).
I am on a 321T (I think) from MCO to LAX next April, so does that get admission to the lounge?
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I am on a 321T (I think) from MCO to LAX next April, so does that get admission to the lounge?
No. That route does operate a 32B, but that is a 2 Class version, unlike the 3 Class one operated b/w JFK and LAX/SFO.
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One of the MIA-LAX (and return) flights is also a 3 class intercontinental on a 772 (for now).
Interesting. I think they'd had 3-class 762 service on some of the transcon Miami-LAX (and possibly SFO) routes in the somewhat-distant past.

No idea if that one qualifies as "flagship service" for things like AC access; would be interesting to see if someone better informed can clarify it.

(They also do occasionally have flights which are 3 class planes sold as 2-class; LAX-EWR for a few years some of the flight were on 762 where the business class seats were coach service and bookable in advance as if there were a ton of exit row seats -- e.g. elites and full fare -- and available to random lucky no status people for airport assignment.)
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One of the MIA-LAX (and return) flights is also a 3 class intercontinental on a 772 (for now).
To make matters much better, that becomes a 777-323ER / 77W as of 17 December 2015. Looks like they might be originating the aircraft used for LAX-SYD at MIA and back to MIA when it returns from SYD.
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Interesting. I think they'd had 3-class 762 service on some of the transcon Miami-LAX (and possibly SFO) routes in the somewhat-distant past.

No idea if that one qualifies as "flagship service" for things like AC access; would be interesting to see if someone better informed can clarify it.

(They also do occasionally have flights which are 3 class planes sold as 2-class; LAX-EWR for a few years some of the flight were on 762 where the business class seats were coach service and bookable in advance as if there were a ton of exit row seats -- e.g. elites and full fare -- and available to random lucky no status people for airport assignment.)
The HELP DESK: Lounge Access or Access by Class of Service threads, accessible via the Lounge Dashboard would clarify; they both say what aa.com does:

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As a First or Business Class customer, you also have access if you’re traveling on non-stop, transcontinental flights marketed and operated by American Airlines between:

New York (JFK) - Los Angeles (LAX)
New York (JFK) - San Francisco (SFO)
Los Angeles (LAX) - Miami (MIA)
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Looks like there's some slack on the 321T flight over the holidays this year. I see 3/4 RT JFK-BOS are loaded to be 321T (3 cabin sold as 2 class similar to DFW-LAX on the 777) between December 17 and January 4. Should be a fun short ride for anyone traveling during that time frame (myself included )!!
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