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Airbus A321 Transcon / A321T / "32B" 3 class (master thread)

Airbus A321 Transcon / A321T / "32B" 3 class (master thread)

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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 Zodiac SICMA solo suite seats similar to 77W Business suites, J have B/E Aerospace Diamond Parallel 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 OMAT

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).

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

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

ē 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).

The A321T has variously been on other shorter services for aircraft utilization purposes. They have flown:
  • JFK-BOS return
  • JFK-DCA return
  • LAX-SFO return
  • BOS-LAX return
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)

For older posts, see the Archive thread here.
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Old Dec 14, 19, 10:08 pm
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Originally Posted by Fraser View Post
Itís pretty common on these flights. The handful of times Iíve taken these flights in F the cabin has never been more than half full (and normally just one or two other passengers) at OLCI but ends up going out full.

EXPs cannot upgrade to F with stickers on these flights.
Another potential reason could be op-ups. I purchased coach on SFO-JFK this morning, used a BXP1 to upgrade to business, and was op-upped to first (along with a few others) at the gate due to coach being overbooked.
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Old Dec 15, 19, 12:22 am
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Originally Posted by Fraser View Post
The handful of times I’ve taken these flights in F the cabin has never been more than half full (and normally just one or two other passengers) at OLCI but ends up going out full.
So my question is, how are the pax all getting there in those last 24 hours?
Originally Posted by aacar View Post
Another potential reason could be op-ups.
Could be. Flight was J0. I wasn't really watching Y inventory figures.
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Old Dec 15, 19, 2:36 am
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
As a UA refugee, I just flew SFO-JFK last night on AA for the first time. Purchased J and upgraded to F with miles.

So here's my question. Flight was A7 at T-48, but F cabin went out completely full. Did AA fill the cabin with upgrades, buy-ups, or NRSA? I did notice the guy behind me spent most of the flight chatting with one of the FAs (very quietly, thankfully), which makes me think non-revs.
OP-UPs are not uncommon as these flights are often oversold in Y causing a rolling forward of passengers.

But also, employees often get to travel in the highest cabin available and these flights are very popular with such employees because F can't be filled with complementary upgrades or sticker upgrades - hence it is one of the few flights in the system where such employees get to be in first.
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