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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 Oct 19, 21, 5:56 pm
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Originally Posted by platbrownguy View Post
Regardless of the order in which they take orders, row 1 gets served first, so I prefer row 1. (There's also a little space in front of you to set items down... they used to put the snack baskets there sometimes though, but I doubt they do that these days.)
Donít know if they are leaving snack baskets out in F recently, but they did have a snack basket sitting on the shelf in front of 6A/6C in J on my JFK-SFO flight last month.
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Old Oct 19, 21, 6:02 pm
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Originally Posted by econ View Post
Donít know if they are leaving snack baskets out in F recently, but they did have a snack basket sitting on the shelf in front of 6A/6C in J on my JFK-SFO flight last month.
They were also present in J on my LAX-JFK flight last Friday.

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Old Nov 24, 21, 5:17 pm
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Booked in business on an A321T in a few weeks for a late night jfk-sfo flight. I’m an aisle guy (small bladder for the win!) but have heard the aisle can be less private and I’m hoping to sleep, which leads to my question - is it possible to, from a window, step over your seat mate wether upright or lie flat to get up for the bathroom? Or should I just go aisle?

please let me know what you think!
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Old Nov 24, 21, 5:21 pm
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Originally Posted by whitf00t View Post
Booked in business on an A321T in a few weeks for a late night jfk-sfo flight. Iím an aisle guy (small bladder for the win!) but have heard the aisle can be less private and Iím hoping to sleep, which leads to my question - is it possible to, from a window, step over your seat mate wether upright or lie flat to get up for the bathroom? Or should I just go aisle?

please let me know what you think!
you can but the aisle is easiest and in my experience the window seat person rarely steps over me or does so with great skill. i dont find the aisle less private at all as the aisle is especially wide in the cabin. if you want more privacy choose an aisle seat in row 10 or 9 as im rarely ever bothered back there!
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